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Quarterlife crisis Bhogal takes over as ICE's new number two

? If you are twenty something and questioning the meaning of life, rest assured it may not be the stupifying effect of the election. You may in fact be having a 'quarterlife crisis'.

Can you relate to this, or has the world just gone crazy?

I'm not sure if I am qualified to answer this one since I am now knocking on the door of 40, but hell, if you can't be wild and carefree in your twenties you have real problems to come. So if you feel like you have a crisis coming, dump your job, get out of the country, drink too much and collect an exotic rash or two. There will be plenty of time for growing up in your thirties.

Alasdair Massie, 38, engineer, London Since I have yet to experience any of the indications that I am having a quarterlife crisis, I can now happily assume that I will live until I am at least one hundred and forty.

James Bell, 34, sales manager, London To be honest I was too busy working hard, having fun, drinking beer, getting married and having babies to have a quarterlife crisis in my 20s.

Now that I am in my late thirties, I have only managed to give up two of the above, namely getting married - once is enough for any man, and making babies - and more than four is greedy, so I still do not have time to do 'quarterlife analysis'. I suspect the rest of my 30s and 40s may be busy considering the the results of my activities during my 20s and I hope my 50s and 60s will be spent attempting to relive my 20s (omitting the two discarded bits). So perhaps when I am 70 I will do a quarterlife analysis and by then I will be happy as it means I will live to be 280!

What a load of rubbish, you could ask the same questions at any point in your life, although I suspect that most civil engineers have better things to do. Have fun, work hard and look after your family, life is too short for dopey questions.

Charlie Hutchison, 37, group safety manager, Northern Ireland Are you mad? I would much rather talk about the election.

Paul Shillito, 49, structural engineer, London Find out if you're having a crisis at www. quarterlifecrisis. com.

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