Quarterlives.com is a conversation. A dialogue which resides not just between the authors, but one in which the whole internet community can take part, where multiple viewpoints and perspectives converge and instigate great discussion (and debate) by talking about anything and everything that relates to being in one’s twenties.
Like many in their twenties, we started noticing profound preoccupations, anxieties, and behaviors affecting those we know our age. And before we knew it, those same fears and anxieties began to overwhelm us as well. Almost everyone our age was experiencing those same paralyzing fears and epic questions, and they all said the same thing: I thought it was just me. It was then that we discovered what those who have successfully navigated their twenties will say is the pivotal realization: We were not alone. It is only after realizing this truth that one can begin the journey, and start trying to answer questions. Questions such as: Why is it that more and more post-college graduates are moving back in with their parents? Why are more and more people succumbing to debt? Becoming dissatisfied with their jobs? Their love-lives? Why do some feel the need to marry and have a family so quickly? Is there anything in our current cultural climate that is causing this growing, prevailing restlessness? Is it something self-imposed by us? And if so, why?
This site is a rock thrown into this vast sea of inquiry, insecurity and doubt amidst this growing phenomenon. We want to see how far the ripples go and what they touch. Although there is some literature on these issues (particularly on the “Quarter-life Crisis”), there are hardly any avenues for extensive discourse. We’re not claiming to be experts on the subject, but we are nevertheless walking the walk, and this website is an extension of us trying to talk AS we walk.
Our intention is to create a community where people can come together and communicate their feelings and thoughts about , politics, art, pop culture, sports, work…essentially, life in general. And yet by no means will the blogs and boards simply be a forum of complaints and grievances. Though their might be times where ranting can be therapeutic, such indulgent practices aren’t proactive. The community we’re trying to establish with Quarerlives is a community of questions, self-reflection, and most importantly, action. It is through this interaction that perhaps pragmatic means of resolving these issues can be reached.
Which is not to say that these problems can be easily resolved, for as common as these feelings are among our fellow quarterlifers, they are also intensely personal. There may not be any monolithic answers to these questions simply because they spring from what each person WANTS out of life, and as is the case with such goals, they vary from person-to-person. Our ultimate goal is that Quarterlives will be a step in the right direction, a beacon of light amidst the fog of confusion and indecision.
Despite the serious overtones of our goals with this site, we also hope to have our forums bristle with humor as well as profound insight, for we believe that the power of the latter is wholly dependent on the effectiveness of the former – we generally laugh at something BECAUSE we believe it to be true. Such is the virtue of humor. Sometimes, something as simple as a good laugh is all you need to get you through the day.
And so, dear reader, it is now left to you. As the old adage goes, “A site is nothing without its members;” remember, Quarterlives is yours. Have a comment, suggestion, something you like or dislike? Tell us. As most quarterlifers know, change is a way of life in our twenties. This site is no different. And in the midst of such change, it’s important to have goals that drive us, but we do so with the knowledge that we must live in the journey. It is that journey that we invite you to become part of – to make Quarterlives what we all want: Truth in Our Twenties.