The time of life between late teens to the late thirties has been called a time of abundant satisfaction in terms of love, sexuality, family life, career advancement, creativity, and realization of a person’s life goals. It is also can be a time of stress. Some people call it a Quarter life Crisis, same to what is known as middle age crisis. The challenges are; how I’m supposed to figure out who I really am? What if I’m scared to stop being a kid? What if I fail? What do all these doubts mean? How do I know if the decisions I’m making are the right ones? How do I work out the right balance among my career, friends, family, and romance? Can I carry any part of my college experience into the real world?
It’s a time of life where young people are making decisions about their future and often they are difficult, and the move away from parents may be hard, but for most, this is a part of life that is challenging, exciting, difficult, and fearful.
In every stage of life there are ups and downs and it is no different for a young adult. It can be exciting moving into adulthood. Experiencing long desired freedoms were your able to pursue your dreams, take risks but flexible enough to back off and change course when things do not work out as planned. During this time many young adults discover that it is not easy taking charge of their life, handling both money, relationships and making decisions. They are surrounded by friends and activities so there is little energy left to worry about anything else.
The challenges that a young adult face can be grouped into these categories: competency, independence, intimacy, spirituality, and direction. Each is challenging and has its own problems and when you can understand the challenges this age group faces, it is easier to give the guidance and the help that they need.
The greatest challenge facing twenty something is achieving an adult identity, sustaining intimate relationships with others, and developing a long lasting career or work identity not achieving one of these can lead to loneliness. By the time they are thirty a young adult should have established independence, made many of the important decisions of adult life, corrected the course of their lives at different times, and moved to a place where they are ready to prove themselves. However, during these stages there is a sense of urgency especially on those who have a conclusion about where their lives are going. For a lot of young adults, life becomes a vortex of work, child-rearing, and balancing demands and responsibilities.
Researchers have shown that the best way to help a young adult in their twenties and thirties is to assist them in finding work and living environments where personal and career development will be stimulated and not hindered. There are other preventative approaches that can be considered in the areas of education and encouragement, role models, mentoring, goal development, patience and prayer and spiritual support. All these areas if approached with understanding and patience will provide a well-rounded environment for a young adult to thrive and become the person they want to be in life.