U06d1 Compare and Contrast – Princess Campbell
Inquisitively, how does one compare and contrast a stage in life which they have only entered not more than three or four years ago? Is it merely a challenge of accepting the views of reality as they skew further from the idealistic transitions that one use to see as inevitable? I myself see this current stage of young adulthood as one where only a glimpse of my reality is parallel to my ideals. At age 25, as discussed in the unit 2 topic of life stage summary, I have recently conquered my identity crisis. Knowing who you are is definitely a key transitional trait in moving forward in life’s stages and seeking intimacy as a means of progression. I for one have skipped the “quarter life crisis” of emerging adulthood as described by Robbins (Robbins, 2004) and remained autonomous and independent of my parents financially since I was 19. I vowed as a child to never move back into my parent’s home. It just seemed like taking steps backwards. However, I do view my parents as a “safe-haven” for events that may occur in my future that are unseen and may disrupt my life (Crandell, Crandell, & Zanden, 2009).
From a woman’s perspective, I would have to agree with Rokach that most of my self-worth is centered on family and offspring (Rokach, 1999). My ideals are still the “old fashion” values. I thought I would leave home, go to college, find a job, husband, have kids, buy a house, and get a dog. Live the true dream of a woman in love. However, living life is a lesson in itself. Searching for a mate can be challenging when you have already set certain goals and aspirations for yourself. During this crisis of intimacy versus isolation; I find my self at times on both sides of the fence. There are days where I’m surrounded by the ones I love and who reciprocate that love. Then there are times when I find myself rather alone and distant from family; or in able to share true intimacy in fear of poor mate selection and the...
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