Twenty-three years after entering the world kicking and screaming and here I am–penniless, living with parents and meandering through life with little motivation or direction. I feel like a bit of a cliche, to be honest. Not to mention the questions that keep popping up in my head–who am I? What is my purpose in life? What is the point of everything? Have my values and beliefs been wrong all along?
Well, according to Wikipedia, the hub of all human knowledge, I am experiencing a QLC! For those of you who suspect you are in the same boat, these are the things you should be looking out for:
Characteristics of a QLC sufferer:
- You have recently finished studying and have entered the Real World
- You are experiencing career stagnation or extreme insecurity
- You are stuck in a crap, repetitive, low paying job and can’t find work in your qualified field because you don’t have “minimum 1-2 years experience”.
- You live either in a low-income sharehouse or with your parents
- You aren’t earning enough money to improve your standard of living, or you are earning enough money but it’s being leeched out of you by the government who want you to repay your massive HECS debt, plus other ever-increasing bills and payments associated with the rising costs of living.
- Your lack of interpersonal skills leaves you floundering in the workforce.
Common experiences of people going through a QLC:
- Confronting your own mortality
- Doubting your ability to love yourself or another person
- Feeling insecure about your present accomplishments
- Re-evaluating close interpersonal relationships
- You lack friends or partners, are sexually frustrated, and currently engaging in involuntary celibacy
- You are disappointed with your current job
- You feel a sense of nostalgia for university, college, high school, middle school or elementary school life
- You tend to hold stronger opinions
- You are bored with social interactions
- Your relationships with high school and college friends have become distant
- You experience financially-rooted stress (overwhelming college loans, unexpectedly high cost of living)
- You feel lonely, depressed and/or have suicidal tendencies
- You want to settle down and have kids
- You feel that others are doing better than yourself
- You are frustrated with your social skills (or lack thereof)
Apparently, QLCs are a common occurance for many young adults.I feel slightly comforted knowing that I’m not the only one, although thinking about this phenomenon does make me question my upbringing and the society I was raised in. QLC is not a generation-specific occurance–people in all generations in the past have also experienced a ‘coming of age’. But modern day society, with it’s instant gratification, consumerism, competitive workforce, accelerated technological advances, political over-correctness and evolved parenting styles (ie. spanking as child abuse) surely must play a part in the way QLC has manifested itself in my generation, Generation Y. But that is an article for another day.