So my mom sent me this link and asked what I thought about it.
The post-tenure slump is a real thing that lots of academics experience, but I didn’t. I felt great about tenure. Then I moved to a location far less sucky and I feel super-great these days! I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time. Perhaps I’m not old enough yet?
My friend had a quarter-life crisis but I was too busy working on my degree and having grad-school woes to have a crisis about my age and stage in life; I was having crises about the state of my research instead. At quarter-life (25) I felt overall good about where my life was heading, despite the struggles. That feeling did take a dip in my previous shitty city, but it’s back these days too. Quitting a sucky institution in a sucky state and moving to paradise will do that for ya.
You should ask me again in 10 years!
#2 was too busy to have a post-tenure crisis. She did have a bout of pre-tenure angst, though.
Have you had any fraction-life crises? How did they go?