You’ve reached a certain age and you’ve just got a sports car or a motorbike. All of a sudden friends and family start teasing you about your mid-life crisis…what is that all about?!
In fact what is likely to have happened is that you are simply able to afford it now. Alternatively of course you may have realised that life does pass pretty quickly and it’s time to get on and enjoy it. It could also be a case of it having taken this long to realise that you have ‘grown up’ and can make your own decisions now where once your parents may have disapproved. The more prosaic reason in this instance is that you may finally be able to afford the insurance!
Whatever the reason it has got me to thinking about the term ‘mid-life crisis’ and to wonder just where it came from and why people use it. It didn’t take me long to realise though that what I wanted to focus on is the fact that the midpoint is a time when we look at our lives and reassess and that it doesn’t really matter what the trigger for this is so long as the process remains a positive one.
I think it’s fair to say that when we reach our forties most of us are thinking (and hoping) that we are about half way through our life. To me this seems a natural time to reflect on what has gone before and to spend some time thinking about what is yet to come. At the same time we have reached a point of maturity and responsibility for our decisions and realise that we can in fact influence the years ahead.
So how about it? What do you want to change in the years ahead? What would you like to do more of, less of? Where would you like to go? Who would you like to see?
Most importantly how much fun can you have creating possible futures and then deciding which ones to make happen?