"Some were unemployed. Most were underemployed. All felt incomplete. They were a group of friends who were all just about 25. After college they had moved to Boston, the closest city to their respective universities, and were now experiencing what some have dubbed a quarter-life crisis."

That was the opening to a recent Boston Globe article, and it was the second time I came across "quarter-life crisis," a term new to me. Just about two weeks ago, a young manager of a deli shop explained to me how he almost had a nervous breakdown while sitting in a cubicle at his first job after finishing his higher education. He decided then and there to quit his job and to do something he would enjoy: making sandwiches.

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