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You used to think that your teenage years would be the most turbulent years of your life. But then you became an adult. And then you needed to find a job to pay for rent and the courage to scan through all the photos of people getting engaged, married and having fat babies on your Facebook newsfeed. And then you realize that it’s all just a phase. Really. And before you know it, it’s all over.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-8b.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. You own dress shoes now[/text_image]

When you used to insist on “personal style” (i.e. jeans, a cut up shirt and a battered pair of Havaianas), you now recognize that there are times you do have to look presentable.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-7b.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. You like your job now, or at least you’ve made up your mind about your career[/text_image]

You probably spent four grueling years studying for a profession you were never interested in. But it doesn’t matter anymore. You’ve been working long enough to know what you’re really good at.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-6.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]6. It may not have as much as you said it would, but you have a savings account[/text_image]

You probably have (or are thinking of getting) health insurance, too, because you know now how important it is to be able to afford emergency healthcare when you need it.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-5a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]5. Your plans are more realistic[/text_image]

The value of money is one of the things you learn the hard way. And when you’ve stopped living beyond your means, and after you’ve spent most of your 20s paying up (unnecessary) debt, you tend to be terrified of more debt so you begin to make plans within your actual means.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-4.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]4. You’ve been hanging out more and more in friends’ houses and you’re okay with it[/text_image]

Conversations with friends are now more important than loud noises at gigs. And being low key—or drinking at a friend’s house and not at the most “happening” place at the moment—doesn’t take anything anymore from how cool you are.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-3a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]3. You pretty much know which friends you’ll grow old and bald and wrinkly with[/text_image]

You’ve seen each other piss-drunk, in love, heartbroken, lost, found, broke, happy. You’ve fought so many times that you now know how not to because you can’t imagine going through your next phase without them.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-2a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]2. You’ve mustered the courage to freely talk about yourself without feeling (and looking) confused[/text_image]

You've worked hard to become who you are now. It's about time you start seeing that you did learn from all those mistakes and wrong turns. You can feel proud of yourself.

[text_image img="https://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/8-Signs-Your-Quarter-Life-Crisis-Is-Over-photo-1b.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]1. You’ve become calm enough to choose your battles[/text_image]

You don't take yourself too seriously anymore. Instead, you acknowledge your limitations and put your strengths to good use. Also, you’ve stopped dating people who aren’t good for you. Not even if they’re cute.

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8 inner-city-style.blogspot.com
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Jozza Alegre Palaganas

Jozza has two life pegs: Martha Stewart and Jonah Peretti. She dreams of one day owning a juicer and the Internet. In the meantime, she's 8List's managing editor.

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