"This corporate job crushes my soul, with the weight of hopeless doom. I'll quit someday, til' then I'll raid, free bagels in the conference room."
Clever rhymes like the above are the signature prose of Quarter Life Poetry, a collection of illustrations and poems, posted both on Tumblr and Instagram, that sum up the trying-to-get-your-shit-together phase of 20-something life.
Quarter Life Poetry is the brainchild of Samantha Jayne, a 25-year-old actress, illustrator and art director based in Los Angeles. Jayne told The Huffington Post that she was inspired to create the collection when reflecting on her post-grad state of mind.
"I remember receiving Oh The Places You’ll Go and being incredibly inspired by its message. But when college graduation rolled around, things didn’t exactly pan out as Dr. Seuss had forecasted," she said. "Navigating adulthood is rife with frustrations, missed expectations and handling failures. It’s easy to want to crawl back into the comforts of childhood. I thought it would be fun to create poems and illustrations in a children’s book style, only the topics are relevant to us as we are now. It sort of melds how I feel at the moment: I have this intense desire to become a full-fledged 'adult,' but I’m nostalgic for my childhood."
Jayne hopes that her poetry poetic humor helps other 20-somethings feel a little less alone. "Recognizing that we’re all going through this together is validating and actually quite comforting," she said. "I wanted to make art that elicits a knowing chuckle to people my age. It’s important to find humor in these strange years and to laugh at the little things."