Perla got the idea of the song when her friend was turning 25, upset about her career goals and love life, and was very uncertain about her future. Two years later, Julia was working for TikTok as a content moderator, full-time through a temp agency. She was trying to finish her master’s degree in audio engineering at Belmont University and temporarily moved in with her parents. Julia finished “Quarter Life Crisis” on her 25th birthday; feeling the same uncertainty about her future as her friend.