Thursday 18 January 2018

Lorraine Courtney: Generation that lost a decade to navel-gazing

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Lorraine Courtney

WILL I ever feel like a grown-up? Or will I continue pretending until I've even fooled myself? Should I be more ambitious or is my lack of ambition really as cute and charming as I think it is? Should I be sleeping in a bra? If you're in your twenties and think you've got at least another decade before you have to ask these questions of yourself and take your future seriously, you'd better think again.

Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia, in America, is reaching out to that drifting generation of young people who imagine they can take a decade-long gap year. In her book 'The Defining Decade' and in a recent TED Talk conference, Jay argues that 30 is definitely not the new 20.

All sorts of clocks are ticking and twentysomethings may well wake up to discover they are thirty-nothings if they haven't built up decent foundations in work and in relationships. Jay says being in your 20s is like taking off in an airplane for a long-haul flight: just a little course correction in the beginning can make all the difference between heading for Alaska or landing safely in Tahiti.

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