Approaching the milestone birthday of 50 can bring to the surface thoughts of declining health and mortality as well as feelings of, to quote Peggy Lee, “Is that all there is?”
According to psychologist and writer Oliver Robinson, a life crisis is defined as a period characterized by unstable mental and emotional health, altering the course of their lives and affecting them for a year or longer. Wikipedia Midlife Crisis
A midlife crisis has been traditionally viewed as a time of great turmoil. Infidelity, splurging on large purchases and extreme job dissatisfaction were a few of the negative effects of reaching middle age for our parents’ generation. But a few Generation X’ers are facing midlife differently and redefining what it means to have a midlife crisis.
Some Generation X and Baby Boomers are choosing to approach their milestone birthdays with enthusiasm and tackling life changes thoughtfully and purposefully. They have made well laid plans and have already begun their transition to the life they want and are making the necessary adjustments to make it happen.
At the age of 49, I decided I had enough of the corporate rat race and that I no longer wished to be defined by my job. Time off was too short. Time with family was non-existent and time for me was definitely nowhere to be found. I looked forward to change and wasn’t going to allow myself to waste my life wallowing in self-pity and wishing the days away. I made a plan and quit my job. Yes, I had to make many sacrifices to make that possible. But I do not regret my decision for one second.
You too can change your life at 50. Change can be very good. You just have to have the right attitude, take measured steps and look forward to a more purposeful, happier life.
1. Opportunity to reassess life goals and define your future.
2. Being able to chart a new life course with your own happiness in mind.
3. Best chance to become the real you after having spent years pursuing a career and taking care of a family.
4. The chance to revive old passions. No more saying “I USED to paint, play tennis, travel, etc.”.
5. The chance to explore new passions. “I always wanted to do…”.
It is all about how you look at things. You can fall into the typical definition for a midlife crisis of generations past or Generation X, you can declare to yourself that you are going to have a midlife boon instead.
If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing.