There is a new phenomenon in today’s young-adult culture, of which I am often a reluctant part. Too impatient to wait until our mid-fifties, the quarter life crisis is wreaking havoc on the psyches of twenty-somethings across the country.
Post college grads from coast to coast are suffering from nagging doubts, panic, nausea, and endless worry. Some blame unemployment rates, some the product of an entitled mindset and privileged upbringing. The discussion rages on. Whatever the case may be the quarter-life crisis is a reality for many young adults in the US.
Yesterday, I turned 25. For many weeks leading up to my birthday, I could almost feel the creeping tendrils of doubt seep into my unconscious. Uneasy sleep wrought with the full compliment of stereotypical nightmares; running from unknown pursuers, nondescript aggressors, etc. I was more surprised than any to wake on Tuesday morning and feel something quite different.
Now, you may be thinking, “That’s all well and good, Amanda, but what does this have to do with the fabulous theatre company who’s website I’m currently browsing?”
I began my involvement with Teatro Luna this summer in our production of Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way. After a lovely few months with a fantastic cast, I was offered a place in the company. That’s right, ladies and gents; you’re looking at Teatro Luna’s newest Artistic Associate. And I couldn’t be happier. In these last few weeks of working with the lovely ladies of Luna, I’ve found myself in a community of creativity, artistic fulfillment, and companionship in ensemble. I am quite honestly thrilled to find myself looking at a schedule that has me fully booked through the end of the year. Not only am I blessed with business, I am busy doing what I toiled for my college degree for, what I love, which unfortunately, cannot be echoed by many with a BFA.
Which brings me back to Tuesday morning. I expected the 25th anniversary of my birth to meet me with a myriad of doubts about money, the future, success, and whether I should just cave and get a big-girl job. It was not doubt or fear that greeted my waking eyes. Instead, it was just another happy day. Not some great milestone but a continuation. I have much to look forward to in the coming months.
I have heaps and mounds of classic Luna scenes and monologues to memorize. Next week, some of us Lunáticas are headed to Rhode Island to perform at Brown University. We are developing our Noches Calientes, Burlesques, Holiday Show, and the workshop of Liza Ann Acosta’s Putas, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
I am a quarter of a century old. I am fulfilled, I am working and playing with some fantastically talented people, and I get to be a part of something great that can only become greater. I can sleep easy, my quarter-life crisis quite completely at bay.
:: Amanda de la Guardia is an Artistic Associate with Teatro Luna and is a member of the Touring Cast. She will also be in our upcoming SOLO TRES: a trio of solo plays — she wil be featured in PUTAS! ::