Thursday, September 13, 2007

An old Crisis

From an old journal - Thursday 8th July 1991

I mentioned to someone the other day that it was my birthday last Sunday and after I said I was 34 they said "Have you gone through midlife crisis yet?" Well firstly I didn't think I'd reached a crisis until I realised that 34 years old is pretty close to the middle of my life. So now I am in crisis.

13 comments:

Cynthia said...

Look at it this way. Average life expectancy is around 76 now. At 34, you're still years from the halfway mark.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Ahhh to return to 34 and have to deal with that state of "crisis" again, huh? :-) Funny how different things look a few years down the road. Scary happens when you realize that you clearly are past the midway point of your life by all known medical standards. The slope starts looking a little slippery from the mountain top!

John F said...

Belated bday wishes Loz! 34 is not that bad really. I am going through mid life crisis at 28!

Gypsy said...

Well I'm 47 so now I feel really old :)

Loz said...

May have been a bit of a misunderstanding here folks - that post was transcribed from an old journal from 1991. So at 50 I am now a long way from 34 and as Josie says some way down the hump already.

Finn said...

Ah... 34. Midlife my ass...

terri said...

This may be strange, but at 40, I'm kinda hoping I'm past midlife. I really have no desire to get that old. My parents, in their 60's, are already struggling and have been for several years. No thanks.

Ms. Q said...

I had to laugh because I also think of "midlife" as being the halfway point of your expected life expectancy. I remember having an argument with a friend. I wasn't intending it to be an argument but I think he was turning 40. I said something like "Welcome to middle age" and he said, "I am NOT middle aged!" and I said, well, "the middle is half of your life expectancy and men have an average life expectancy of 77 so...you're middle aged buddy."

He became quite upset and I asked him when he thought middle-aged began and he said, "50"

I then thought, OK, so when does uh, "old age" begin? I realize that no one says, "old age" anymore but I have no idea what euphemisms or empowering phrase they are using now. I'm 42 and figured, hmm, middle age is something like 40-55 and then 55-?? is some stage and at some point you admit you're elderly.

I'm in crisis mode a bit myself but that's a good thing. I call them "growth spurts." I seem to get them every 7 years. First it hurts. Then it hurts a lot. Then ... it gets quite wonderful.

Worldman said...

I went through it, at around the 40ties, a bit more. I did stupid things. Some I regret. But I got out of it. Strengthended. And now I have added more years. And I am leaving them in a extraordinary fantastic way. I can look back and at the same time forward. And the most amazing is that I feel young, both mentally and physically. And I am convinced, this will happen to you too.

FindingHeart said...

To me, mid-life is a statistical measure. Old is mental. At 40, I probably am mid-life-ish *shudder*. Living through the divorce and watching X's own mid-life crisis throw everything asunder, watching the hair go and the remaining bits go gray, and not taking care of myself the way I should all makes me feel physically older. But, as inferred from your previous post, I'm still playing in the mud, building great Lego masterpieces, and generally keeping the 'kid' inside my head fed. I'm not old (mentally) so I refuse to spend time thinking about mid-life anything.

But thanks for bringing "Make new Last Will and Testament" back to my to do list. Ha!

indicaspecies said...

Hi
My first time here. We both have the words "midlife crisis" in our recent postings.
http://indicaspecies.blogspot.com/
2007/09/musings-of-ballerina.html
Sure you don't suffer from it from the feel of your lovely blog, nor do I. Cheers to an exciting life.
celine :)

HollyGL said...

Its always such a strange feeling when people talk about middle age and the person is 40 years old. I'm 43, and I am always stunned to realize that I fall into that category.

Dorothy said...

Sometimes, I think midlife is important, then I realize just living makes more sense. Age is in the heart and mine says midlife is 100.

Regards, Dorothy from grammology