The point in your life at which you began panicking about dreams unfulfilled and, and paths not gone down used to be the sole reserve of 40 something old men, who would hastily decided that the only way to fix their current state was to replace their wives and cars with newer younger versions, only to realise a few months down the road that those things which they saw as signs of their impending demise from their peak, were actually the very things that fuelled their souls.
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The latest age crisis no longer comes in mid life, but is finding its way into our generation. The quarter-life-crisis has come, unwelcomed, but is here nonetheless. The use of the Internet, social media, and blogs by our generation to create amazing things can do two things. It can inspire people to push themselves, and see what they too can create; what ingenious business idea they can come up with. But, now that we know age is no longer a barrier to start a global business if you choose, there is now a pressure on young people that I don’t think has ever existed.
I saw this video from Newsweek a while ago, and thought it summed things up pretty well:
I must admit that I often find myself wondering “Am I doing enough?” when I see another start up being run by someone who is barely old enough to cross the road by themselves, and a few times when I have felt the answer is ‘no’, a (very) mild panic has engulfed me, as I fear that I’m going to do this whole life thing wrong.
I always think a little bit of fear is a good thing, and I could throw a whole bunch of words of wisdom your way, but I couldn’t come anywhere close to matching the words of Oliver Sachs. On the eve of his 80th birthday he wrote this to remind us all how long a road it is. Don’t panic friends; it’s only just getting exciting: click here.