Twenty-five is a weird age; on the one hand you feel like you should be using this time to work towards your thirties, putting financial building blocks in place and taking measures to ensure you don’t end up selling your vital organs for 30 quid and the promise of a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards.

…On the other hand, this is the time in your life when you have no responsibilities, no-one depending on you and the opportunity to do whatever you want with your life.

The world should be your oyster, but sometimes it can feel like your inferno. Your head is constantly full of questions; “what am I doing with my life?”,  “how will I ever find job security/afford a house at today’s prices/find a partner/get out of your parents’ house when my debt goes up with every penny I make/earn money at the job I want?”

Generally I like to take each day as it comes – I hate routine, so not knowing where my life is headed has always been an exciting concept to me. But over the last six months I’ve been in textbook ‘quarter life crisis’ mode; worries have loomed at every corner, I’ve been yearning for my 18 year-old life more and more and, like many 25-30 year old’s I’ve felt confused around 23 out of 24 hours a day.

Basically, I’ve felt way out of my depth.

So, after a mini breakdown last week, me and the boyfriend decided it was time to stop worrying and grab life by the horns again.

 We’ve decided to head off to Australia to see what adventures await us there. 

It might not be the best way to handle a quarter life crisis, but I would sure as hell rather worry on a beach… 

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lola April 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

i think it is the *perfect* solution. you learn so much through travel. you may learn what it is you really want to do or where you really want to be, etc. if you are confused or worried about these things, changing your scenery or just making changes in general is a good place to start.

maybe i’ll come find you in OZ 😉

LOLA xx

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

That would be AMAZING Lola. We’re hoping to do a 6 week tour of America afterwards so I’ll definitely be seeing you in Boston xxx

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snowbird April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

A marvelous idea, you have to grab life by the horns and go fot it!xxxxx

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I agree :)

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Gorilla Bananas April 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Great idea! I’ve visited Australia and it was was fab. Warm climate and plenty of space for wild creatures run around in. You’ll be able to afford your own place and you’re close to the perfect age for getting knocked up. Don’t waste time. You don’t want to be over the hill when your children leave home.

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hahaha! Very true x

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Nic April 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I’m a lot older than you and still haven’t got anything worked out, so might as well have fun and adventures because confusion and terror is pretty much a permanent state. How’s that for a comforting thought…

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Haha! I guess we never really have anything worked out… but sometimes that’s the fun part x

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Jess @UsedYorkCity April 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I LOVE this idea, congrats to you both on taking life by the horns! And what better place to figure out life than a country with unlimited sunshine and gorgeous accents?! xx

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Thanks honey! I couldn’t agree more! xx

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Toni April 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Hell to the freaking YES girl! When all else fails…run away to Australia and join me! So excited for you!!! (and me because you know, we’ll be amazing together in Oz!) hehe xx

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Scarlett April 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

We will!! Exciting times ahead for both of us! xx

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ShimonZ April 12, 2013 at 3:43 am

Childhood isn’t life… it’s just a preparation for life. So I don’t know about this quarter life crisis. But an adventure is always good… a great way to learn, and test some of your opinions, and things you’ve taken for granted. Wishing you good fortune on this trip, and looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Scarlett April 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thankyou Shimon! xx

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Helen April 12, 2013 at 5:41 am

Yes! Ozzy land is the perfect place for a mid twenties crisis!!! So excited for you, although you might not want to leave…

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Scarlett April 12, 2013 at 9:35 am

Haha – I know I might just want to stay in the sun forever! xx

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Babs April 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I’m so excited for you, it’s going to be brilliant!

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Scarlett April 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Thanks babe! x

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LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby? April 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Totally get the quarter-life crisis thing right now. My response has been to take advantage of the fact that my husband finally has a paying job, and to quit my job and write full-time before we get a baby and a house and a dog and I have no more time for anything.

Like you said, it’s probably not the best response, but I’m doing it anyway.

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Scarlett April 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I think that’s a great idea – better making use of the time while you can! xx

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abeerfortheshower April 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I think 25 was when I went to Southeast Asia. Maybe I was just having a quarter life crisis? You’ve got it figured out, though, travel is the way to go. It gives you so many good memories, and it’s so much more rewarding than, say, just buying a brightly colored, high priced sports car, aka the typical mid-life crisis purchase (for us guys, anyway).

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Scarlett April 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Haha! I think plastic surgery is the mid life crisis for women these days isn’t it! South East Asia sounds brilliant x

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Lilian April 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Oh God I know what you mean. I’m over half way through 25 and I spend most of my time wondering about what I’m doing or where I’m going! I just take things one day at a time too. You made the right decision going to Australia you’ll have a blast! :)

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Scarlett April 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

It’s good to know I’m not the only one!! Thanks Lilian x

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Hogga April 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

have fun in Australia!

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Scarlett April 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks Lovely! xx

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Lauren April 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

THIS IS SO EXCITING.

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Scarlett June 11, 2013 at 6:35 am

Thankyou lovely I’m SO excited x

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Monica June 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

Argh, this is so exciting!! It will be the best decision you ever made! I spent 18 months out there so if you need any advice, give me a shout.

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Scarlett June 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I’ll definitely be asking your advice! Thanks Mon x

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