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The Nigerian youths are so engulfed in so many issues we have little breathing space to be bothered about global youth problems, even when it affects us so immensely. That's why when issues like rape and gender equality makes us tick, I'm happy we get to discuss even though...
it divides us. At least it shows the extent we care about world problems and it shows us the various levels at which we can combat them. But please can we try discussing other world problems, one that actually unites every youth in the world irrespective of race or gender.
A problem that many of us face but aren't fully aware of what to call it and so we try so hard to fight it or brush it aside rather than embrace it and find a way to navigate it alongside the billions of millennials across the globe.
This problem is called The quarter life crises. I know some of you aren't aware of what this is (I didn't until this morning), but this is a problem associated greatly with being a millennial (people born btw 1981-to about 1999) worldwide.
The quarter life crises has so many definitions, but they all mean the same thing as they stem from the feeling of confusion, loss of purpose, sadness, rejection, defeat, self blame, worry, depression you get as you transition from schooling to adulthood.
You know that feeling when you have just graduated with a degree and then you are faced with the big question, What next or What are you going to do now? The questions we clearly have ideal answers to until reality sets in. The reality of job hunting, CV writing, editing and...
re-editing, rejection upon rejection of job application letters, trying to further your degree with no funds, literally everything that crushes your dreams, goals and aspirations set in. You are thrown to the ground with nothing else but utter confusion,
the adults around you think you are lazy, entitled and internet crazed, they don't understand you are giving it your best shot yet it's all failing. You then realise that your 4/5/6 years spent in getting a degree didn't prepare you for the first few months of adult hood and then
you crash. You become a big mess living with your parents and feeding off stipends your mom feels mercy to give you. You then drown yourself in social media with updates of the few friends who seem to have it all figured out (news flash no one ever does, we are just winging it)..
You enter your quarter life crises and it's a lock down.

However, what you don't know is that majority of the youths of today experience the quarter life crises at one point or the other. Some earlier than others, some longer, but eventually most fo through this
Being in our state of utter loss, we begin to question our choices. We begin to ponder at what point did we loose grip of our lives? We went to school, we graduated, we listened to our parents, we ticked the boxes, we were the perfect candidates for success
Yet we couldn't make it work, why?

Well I don't have all the answers now, but a whole lot of youths worldwide who have been through this crises are speaking up. A lot of them have shared their personal experiences and how they got relieved as well as lessons to learn and apply
Some have even started communities to battle this pressing issue in our society today. Many of these stories (some of which this thread is adapted from) have been shared on TEDx stages across the globe and are readily available for your viewing
My thoughts and worries however are, if this global phenomenon affects millennials worldwide, why aren't the Nigerian youths bothered about this, why are we so quiet about an issue that has led a lot of us to depression and some to suicide...
Why are our parents in denial of the fact that we need guidance and just assume we are to go figure it out. Why are we not even trying to help each other figure it out? The millennials are said to be the most educated generation and most technologically exposed generation...
of all time, yet. I think it's high time Nigerian youths began acting in accordance. I think we need to channel our belief in integration and come together to form some sort of means in which we can forge ahead and push frontiers. It could be as small as 5-10 people in schools
Amongst friends, neighbors, the guys at the local bar. This is something we should take seriously, but first off we need to be aware of the gravity of the quarter life crises. It is estimated that by the year 2025, 75% of all labour markets would comprise of millennials
75 freaking percent as against the current 50%. If this work force is largely made of up youths in crises, where then lies the hope of the nation and the world. They say WE are the leaders of tomorrow, I think that tomorrow has come today.

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