They talk about a mid-life crisis being a terrible thing. Many so called gurus and coaches promote that they can provide you the information that will help you climb out from this negative debilitating state of mind.
Well its crap what they say. Let me explain. Because a mid-life crises interpreted in the right way can be seen as your launch pad to the best period of your life.
Most of us on reaching 18 feel that we have reached adulthood. We are indoctrinated with the responsibility to knuckle down and start to earn a wage. So whether we choose university to give us the qualifications to go into a high end field or just throw ourselves into a job we get ourselves onto the path we’ll stay on for a very long time.
Each of us then once we start working know that we will continue until we retire we hope to earn advancement whether promotion or salary raise as we progress but the only certainty is this is our career now.
We then put more pressure on to ourselves by getting married and now go through life with a partner that we both have to support and care for each other. And we don’t stop there. Far more pressure and greater responsibility is caused by having children. So now we know we have to feed them, cloth them, educate them and keep a roof over their heads. We no longer are number one in our own lives. Welcome to life’s pressure cooker.
Then we keep working hard putting in to many hours trying to maintain what we have. Then before we know it our kids have grown up and leave our family home. We continue doing what we’ve always done but now start worrying about our age. It’s not the number but it’s the fact that we seem to have lost a lot of the energy we once had. The clock seems to be clicking down on our life.
Worse still we are feeling alot of aches and pains. Our breathing seems more laboured , our skin seems to be changing and wrinkles appearing on our face. The fear of god is put into us maybe when one of our closest friends passes away from a heart attack
There’s also that emptiness inside. That nagging question surely there’s more to life than this.
The stress of bills, work, all our different responsibilities can cause us to get stressed and for many cause us to age quicker than we should do.
But perhaps worse still is this idea that we have to enjoy some long awaited retirement with our retired baby boomer friends. A great deal has changed over the past twenty years when it comes to the prospects for longevity with us now being able to enjoy our extended life . but enjoy is the crucial word.
Is your dream to enjoy retirement or do you still want to do more with your life.