Middle age…..or mid life crisis?

image showing success and failure signpostI have just had a few days exploring the North of New Zealand, enjoying the rather open roads and the quiet contemplation that goes with such driving.

It was along such a stretch, with everyone else having dozed off, that I suddenly realized that I was very probably, half way through my life.

So, there you have it.

Middle age could be defined by reaching that point in life when you realized that you probably didn’t take full advantage of the first half of your life, or even that you might have actually…… carelessly squandered it!

Worse still, is the realization that by now, you are probably not going to live long enough to do all the things that you imagined or thought that you would be doing or seeing all those places you wanted to visit.

I wonder if this means I am having a mid life crisis? Although I always associated that with running away with ones secretary (which I don’t have!) or buying an unfeasibly large motorbike……(although actually, I would quite like a motorbike!)

Seriously though, I aways thought that a mid life crisis happened to guys who were bored with life, stuck in a rut kind of scenario, office bods and the like.

I now realize that middle age is not so much about what you are doing right now, but rather what you have been doing your whole life up to this point and more importantly, where your life is heading from tomorrow onwards.

So, what do you think makes a good mid life crisis? What makes you want to throw it all in and do something that others may consider daft?

Stay well

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Handyman, humanitarian, inventor, blogger and finally a house husband looking after Cecilia, Julia, William near Hvalstrand in Asker, Norway.
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2 Responses to Middle age…..or mid life crisis?

  1. Ian says:

    Great snapshot Gunhild! For us it took a complete removal from our comfortable life in the UK to a more basic life. With much less money we concentrated on such things as simply spending more time with each other. Free from peer or societal pressure to conform to social norms (buying lots of stuff we didn’t really need!) we have been free to relax, read, study and most importantly ‘play’ more. Camping is the new ‘city break’, going to the beach is the new ‘shopping in town’ both of which are both cheaper and more enjoyable!
    Thanks for taking the time Gunhild……..

  2. Gunhild says:

    A good mid life crisis 1) occurs before it is too late, that is before you have pursued an unhealty, unhappy life style too long and ended up depressed, ill and divorced, and 2) directs attention to the really important stuff in life: How to be happy, curious, self-reflective, humble, bold, true to your inner values.

    In other words, if you are going to take your mid life crises seriously, you are probably in for some work. Rather than picking up the secretary, buying a fancy car or traveling the world, you could travel inwards and find your true values and inner strength. Which is not always a joyful ride, but – ah, very, very interesting. Then it is time to act! Do the changes necessary, and enjoy the second half of your life. Easy peasy… 🙂

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