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Apparently you should have your life sorted out by the time you’re 39

Pause your quarter-life crisis and take a breather: You’ve still got plenty of time to get your sh*t together.

According to a new study, the average Brit should have their life sorted out by age 39.

So if you’re in your twenties or early thirties and feel like a total mess, no need to panic. If you’re 39 or over and are still all over the place, we’re so sorry.

The study was carried out by responsible adult types Beagle Street Life Insurance, who surveyed 2,000 adults to find out at what age we should have different parts of our lives all settled and secure.

According to the study, the average British person should have their career, love life, and social relationships in order by age 39. Some things need to be sorted a bit earlier though.

The study suggests that by 29 we should have a secure group of friends, and by 31 we should have met and fallen in love with ‘the one’. Sorry, singles.

Don’t descend into an existential crisis if you’ve passed those ages and haven’t hit those prescribed milestones.

These are ‘shoulds’ not ‘musts’, and you’re definitely not alone in still feeling a bit up in the air. 44% of those surveyed said they didn’t think they’d ever have their lives completely sorted. Hard relate.

25% said their love life was a disaster, and 74% said they spend more time putting things off than trying to sort out their lives. A small portion (16%) said they don’t want to bother worrying about grownup stuff, while 14% of 18 to 29 year olds said they were too young to worry about the future and were focused on having fun in the here and now. Great.

You’re also not alone if you feel completely rundown by the pressure of everyday life, as 78% of the adults surveyed said they struggle to deal with all the life admin they have to deal with.

So essentially, we’d all like to think we’ll be sorted by 39, but we’re also all procrastinating messes who have no idea how to get their sh*t together.

Cheers to that.