I remember when I was growing up in England during the 70’s and 80’s people talked about a mid-life crisis and the image that usually accompanied it was a middle aged man in a red sports car with a younger lady on his arm. Yes, this was a stereo-typical image at the time but my question is: Is there still such a thing as a mid-life crisis and, if so, what does it look like now?
I believe that the mid-life crisis still exists but it isn’t as obvious as rushing out to buy a sports car or a Harley Davidson (although I did when I turned 50!). The signs may be less obvious and here are some that you may want to be aware of:
You start to question everything that you have worked for and ask is it enough or was it all worth it?
You wonder if this is all your life is worth, have I reached my peak and now everything else is downhill as I coast to retirement?
You dread going to work on Monday morning, celebrate Wednesday as “Hump day” and live for Friday at 5pm.
You constantly think about what you would like to do with your life but never take action because you wonder if it would work.
You feel like your life is on autopilot and is being controlled by anyone else but yourself.
You have lost your purpose in life — that is assuming you ever knew it of course.
You feel stuck in a rut, merely going through the motions, you are frustrated at your lack of direction and start comparing yourself with other people who you feel “have it all”.
You are successful but not satisfied with your life and have moved from playing to win, to playing not to lose.
You want more from your life but you don’t know if you are capable of making the change at your age so you do nothing, hoping that something will happen miraculously!
Do any of these things sound familiar? They did for me and I am here to tell you that it is possible to overcome ALL of these limiting beliefs about mid-life crisis. I don’t see it as a crisis at all, I see it as an opportunity to start a new life, to gain significance and leave a legacy for your children and grand children. The truth is you are worthy and you can make a difference, you just need to reprogram your mind for success and start taking action. Don’t be rash, think through what you want to do and find your purpose in life.
My mission in life is to bring this thought process to the masses and eventually teach our youth that it is okay to have a dream and follow your passion. When we do this we live a happy and fulfilled life, which in turn makes the world a better place. Will I be able to achieve my dream in my lifetime? Probably not, but I will start the movement and leave a legacy that will live long after me.
You can reprogram your mind and kick-start your golden years so that you can live a life of significance and freedom, anything is possible when you know your purpose and believe in yourself.
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