Stale at 24 years old...
By Ryan Haydon
Pinellas Park, Florida
April 6, 2017 10:20am CST
Life is getting pretty bland lately. I find it hard to find interest in much anything. I feel as if I always stress money. I'm not strapped for cash or just getting by or anything. I suppose I am only stuck in a rut. I've been stuck in this rut for a few years now. I can't do many things where I live now. Hopefully I'll have saved enough for a house by next year. Things are just less exciting as you get older and its probably because less things seem/are new. I also find that when I delve into a specific subject to learn more about it I begin disliking what I am learning. Knowledge doesn't feel like power to me. I feel as if it just opens up more and more door of questions. Things beyond my comprehension and it frightens me. It really makes me feel stupid sometimes. I know it's a tad irrational but I can't seem to stop stressing over it. No one can really know everything; Its just I feel like I hardly know anything. Maybe it's just a mid 20's thing where you sit and wonder "Will this be my life till the day I die, working and never getting any adventure?" If anyone has overcome this feeling reply please. Maybe suggest how and when things turned around for you.
3 people like this
• United States
I am just now getting that feeling and I'm 62. I think that younger people are feeling that way because they grow up so fast and experience so much before they even graduate high school. As an example, when I was a child it was rare for any of my friends to have been to Disneyland. It was something we hoped for but our parents could not afford it and it was a goal of ours for when we grew up. Nowadays, most middle class children have been to Disneyland at least twice by the time they are ten. It's old hat to them, nothing special anymore. You need to try something completely new. There is a lot out there that you haven't experienced but you are bored with everything you know. Go to an exhibit at a museum that you normally would not go to. Seek out a restaurant with ethnic food you've never had and talk to the other diners there; get some African food, some Indian, seek out a restaurant that serves Peruvian food or anything different that you've never had. Once you break the boredom dam, you'll feel better.
Questions are good. Knowledge is good. Growing up is less good. You know enough, and one day you'll know more. It's not just a mid-twenties thing ... I still think this, and I think many people do. Sometimes we just need to find some adventure. You're lucky in that you have time to find your adventure still. I'm getting on a bit and my adventure is fading into the distance ...
• United Kingdom
I have had a lot of these feelings. I used to devour knowledge but then I realised that it opens up more questions and it often leads to existential questions that ultimately have no answer. However, I think that knowledge can be enjoyable too as it can help you to see the world differently and this positive outweighs the negatives of feeling overwhelmed and frightened. If you simply feel like you can't learn everything in one particular subject then just learn what you want and then try an enjoy what you have learned. 24 is really young but when I was your age I felt really old and didn't realise that. I felt oppressed by my age, almost! I have learned that age is completely irrelevant in regards to what you want to do in life and in measuring successes. I'm 38 now and I have online friends who are younger and when I see them say that they can't do something because they are 26 or something I tell them that is crazy. It sounds like you might be unhappy in your job if you are feeling bored and unchallenged as as if it has no rewards. Have you thought of applying for other jobs or maybe starting your own business? Maybe thinking about what you enjoy in life and where you could work that would accommodate this would be a good idea. If you feel stressed about money why not check out volunteer opportunities which give some insight into poverty. This will probably make you realise that you are blessed and lucky to be financially stable.