My name is Lauren and I am desperately trying to avoid a quarter-life crisis. It hit me as I turned 24 that real live adulthood is fast approaching. Yes, I have a college degree, work full-time, pay rent and bills, take full responsibility for the livelihood of a living thing (my cat, Lily), and do other relatively adult things, but I’m not quite ready to admit to being an adult just yet.

I hope that in chronicling this year I will at the very least have a way to look back at what life was like when I was hitting the quarter-century mark. Perhaps I’ll gain some perspective by talking to friends and family about their twenty-fifth years. Maybe I will just have a year’s worth of rambling and photos to look back on. Who knows.


My first post and the rationale behind this blog:

While it may be true that “age is just a number,” it’s also true that certain birthdays are more significant than others.

When you turn 10, you’re a double-digit age. When you turn 13, you’re officially a teenager. When you turn 16 (and three months, in Virginia) you can get your driver’s license. At 18 you’re recognized by the country as an adult — you can vote and support a nicotine habit, and at 21 you can legally partake of libations.

After 21, each milestone birthday becomes a reminder of the years you’ve passed and those yet to come. Twenty-five marks the end of your formative ‘early twenties,’ and 30 for most means the real last-chance end of your youngphase of life. Over-the-hill comments start emerging around 35 and 40, and at 50 you have a half-century under your belt and can begin to embrace discounts at generous shopping destinations.

So yes, age may just be a number. But even if you don’t fret about it, it’s still a number that counts.

The point here is that I’m coming up on a milestone, kind of. November 22 is my 24th birthday, upon which I will embark on the twenty-fifth year of my life. As my friends begin turning 25 around me, and that milestone age number (that doesn’t matter) is slowly creeping up on me, I want to capture this “last year” of my youthful youth. And I plan to do that by documenting my twenty-fifth year here. All of its adventures and excitement, professional highs and lows, good times with friends, nights in and afternoons out. I hope to learn and to live out what I think it means to be 25.

  1. lagabbianellaeilgatto

    Hello Lauren!I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I’ll turn 24 in a few weeks and I really feel panicked about that. Is like being too slow for the time…
    Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  2. As I read this I realized that even though I still feel 25, I’m NOT anymore. =( Sniff. I just turned 27. It goes by too fast. But I think the 20s are so much fun, and I think if you focus on having fun and doing adventurous things then you don’t ever feel old. Life is such a fun adventure! =) Enjoy your year!

  3. Hi Lauren, I had a quarter-life crisis. At 25 I stopped my nomadic wanderings and got a “real” job. Now I’m 29, switching careers and approaching 30. Twenty-five is the beginning of adulthood, but don’t worry because 30 is still young! The last five years of your 20s are so weird because you’re both old and young and associate more with your college years than any sort of adulthood. But 30 is still young! I know it seems old, but don’t worry. Life lived right is like wine — gets better with age!

  4. Congrats on being freshly pressed! I’m 25 right now so I totally sympathize with you on the feeling of trying to pack adventures in during what’s left of our 20’s (not that we won’t have them in our 30’s too…but it’ll be different). Keep up the good work! I definitely want to read more 🙂

  5. Hey Lauren, I love the idea behind your blog. My blog is someone similiar to yours however it’s more about taking life by the horns and accomplilshing things before I die (I have a bucket list blog). I chronicle my adventures as well. Can’t wait to read more!

  6. Great blog idea! As a current 27 year-old, I understand that curious phase after 21. I can say being 27 kicks any number under 27’s derriere. Like a fine wine, life and aging seems to be getting better with age. 😉 Best wishes on your blogging adventures!

  7. I thought I was the only one who did not want to admit the fact he did not want to now actually be ‘an adult’. I am 25 in six months and I NOT looking forward to it!

  8. Hi Lauren — I just found your blog, and as a fellow 24-year old who started a blog about avoiding a mid-life crisis, I just wanted to say hi. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  9. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    I can definitely sympathize with you! I’m on the opposite end of 25 and have 2 months left till I turn 26. The few months before 25 hit, I, too, had a quarter-life crisis. And now, after finally getting used to ‘leaving my youth behind’, I have to pass to the next. lesigh. I guess that’s what getting older is all about!

    I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  10. good luck with the year project; my 24th bday I was traveling in Europe with my wife & on 25th we both had full-time jobs; can’t call that progress

  11. I wish you the best for this year. I’m 25 myself, and I can definitely tell you, this last year has been all about changes. Mostly figuring out what matters to me, in this life, and what is just extraneous nonsense that keeps my mind occupied. If there’s any one thing I wish I would have done more of, it’s paying closer attention to the subtle, infinite beauties of the world we have.

    Live well.

  12. Reading this simply makes me want to live life like an adventure! Thanks Luaren; you’re inspiring.

  13. Hi Lauren – I’m turning 50 in July and I’m happier than ever. My life has been great all the way through and honestly, I wouldn’t trade places to be 25 again for anything – ugh! I’m way better now than I was. Hope that’s consolation! You will be too – many many moons from now. It goes quick, but keeps getting better.

    Thanks a million for visiting my blog and commenting today – http://www.chesapeakejournal.com – and know that I’ll be poking my head in and watching your adventures – way fun. Thanks!

  14. Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I wanted to let you know that there is a link on my blog to yours under Featured Blogs (which are just blogs I recommend my readers to read as well). I was also recently awarded the Blog Lovin’ Award by one of my readers and you are the next recipient. Check out the post here: http://abitofeverythingnow.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/blog-lovin-award/

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