Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Midlife Crisis

So after some thought coming home this evening, I've decided I think I'm going to have a midlife crisis.

"Midlife Crisis: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change. (Noun, 1965)" - www.merriam-webster.com

I don't think this is typically something people think their way into - more like something that happens to them and suddenly they realize "Hey, I'm having a midlife crisis!"

Why? I am finding within myself a deepening divide between what I wish to be and how I wish to live and the reality of my life - and the divide feels like it is deepening all the time.

When was the last time I truly enjoyed myself? When was the last time I acted or was perceived the way I would like to be perceived? Was my dream in life at 18 to drive a 1991 Ford Escort and be middle management?

When was the last time I just did something random and fun without the first thought in my head being "How are we going to pay for it?" or "What are the ramifications of this for my life?"

Why does it feel like every day, a little more, my dreams are falling away and all I have left is the color grey?

Isn't that what midlife crisis is - a sudden realization that the reality of your life does not fit what you want it to be or what you dreamed it to be?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:59 AM

    So, you have a new gig at the same office or elsewhere? Hooray and hooray. You're late on the midlife crisis, Friend. Believe me, it's not a choice to make, just a recognition of something already happening. It's only a crisis if you don't accept that it's a natural recognition of frustration. And for the love of the God who loves us both, make sure you do something about it. You're too creative an individual not to make a change - or several - in your life that pleases you and touches those parts of your life you've put away in belief they won't help feed your family. Remember that your friends, me included, love you now as always and want you to be well in all things.

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