American English 美式英语
How do you feel when you have a big birthday coming up? Do you start to worry? Do you feel glum? As children, we’re usually very happy about our birthdays. As adults, though, a birthday can become a crisis. We might start to feel nostalgic and think that the future won’t be as good as the past.
When people turn 40 or 50, they often have a midlife crisis. They worry that they’ve made big mistakes in life. Now, there’s a new kind of crisis called a quarter-life crisis. At age 25, many people are changing from university life to life in the real world, which can be difficult and cause a crisis. Or a person might have a job and home already but feel stuck.
Jordin thinks the idea of a quarter-life crisis is ridiculous. Listen to this English lesson to find out if Andy agrees with her.
Jordin: I hear your birthday is coming up. 25! Yeah!
Andy_H: Yeah, it sure is.
Jordin: Why do you sound so glum about it?
Andy_H: Oh, it’s just… I mean, it’s my quarter-life crisis. I just…
Jordin: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. I’m sorry, your what?
Andy_H: Quarter-life crisis. Everyone is supposed to live to 100, so 25 years is a quarter of my life. I don’t know, I’m just feeling really stuck, a little bit nostalgic. I keep comparing myself to other people I see on Facebook who are getting married and they’re getting promoted. I just feel like I need to get my things together.
Jordin: That just seems kind of like a ridiculous thing to call those thoughts and feeling a crisis, like a quarter-life crisis.
Andy_H: Well, it’s just, I feel like I need to start entering the real world.
Jordin: Aren’t you already in the real world?