But seriously, where is the line between being realistic versus being optimistic? Where is the line between going for your dreams versus being crazy stupid? Where is the line between being content and happy with your life versus settling and being tired of life?
It's the quarter-life crisis no one talks about. It hits long after the panic of job-hunting subsides and right before you realize you should've left your job six months ago. And it's why you aren't wildly pursuing the ambitious career goals of your greener years.
They said it would be challenging. They said it would suck. But no one really told you just how much. I guess no one can really articulate the mixture of frustration and confusion of the first years out of undergrad.
Every older generation has thought the younger generation silly or frivolous. I don't have evidential proof of this, but every time I watch Fiddler on the Roof, I'm reminded that the clash of generations is a universal and timeless theme!
About six months ago, The New York Times Magazine broke a feature story about the "new 20-somethings," who seem to be taking forever to grow up. Ever since then, there's been a lot of interest in this age group.
There's a fine line between exploring what you want to do and following the road to nowhere. It's the difference between fulfilling yourself and filling up your resume with empty jobs where you don't learn anything.
With some healthy boundaries, you will gradually be able to eject from the cockpit of your child's life and allow them to be the captain. You may not always like the direction they are headed, but it is their plane to fly.