Things you can do to prepare for a Mid Life Crisis, before it happens. Click here to read the article from Everyday Health.
However, here’s the single most important tip you will ever get from anyone about preparing for your midlife crisis or, as I like to say, your mid life celebration.
Focus on Life’s Big four:
And by focus, I mean proactively, in advance, as best you possibly can. This will keep you ever mindful of that elusive concept called “Balance”.
More on this later, maybe as soon as tomorrow.
Read this carefully, Boundary-less-ness.
Pretty cool. Saw it engraved on a trophy at somebody’s desk a few days ago.
Clever, isn’t it, to engrave it on a bronze plate and put it on a trophy? No boundaries. No limits. Nice reminder.
However, it doesn’t seem worth the effort to try something without limits, simply because it’s probably, if not entirely, impossible.
Why waste time on something that can’t be done?
But thankfulness, now that’s a completely different story. Anyone can give thanks. For anything.
There is never a point where we can’t go farther with our thankfulness. Ever. If you challenge this, I’ll challenge you. You see, every day you wake and try to tell me I’m wrong, is one more thing you can be thankful for – breathe in your nostrils and the ability to make a choice.
Saturday. Finally. “Thought it would never get here”, people exclaim. Can you relate?
We see it over and over and over, don’t we:
- “Can’t wait for the weekend”.
- “Thought the weekend would never get here”.
- “The week is finally over”.
- “The week was hell”.
If we are truly thankful for our midlife situation, wouldn’t it sound more like this?:
- “Can’t wait to get started again on Monday”.
- “The week flew by”.
- “Wish I had one more day before Saturday”.
- “That was the best week of my life”.
All I’m trying to say is thankfulness places a whole new perspective on how we see the world and our place in it. But you already know that, right?
Mid Life Celebration Einstein. Huh? Exactly. Confusing isn’t it? Here’s what I mean by mid life celebration, Einstein.
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”. — Albert Einstein
Listen, everyone recognizes Einstein as a genius. We ought to seriously consider his insight here.
And I think Mid Life adults have the most potential to embrace this and make creative choices, and take creative action, to reverse the mid life crisis and let it morph into a mid life celebration. Ya with me?
Psssst. Shhhhhh. (whispering) Here’s a little secret between you and me. Most mid life adults will miss virtually every opportunity to hear messages just like this one. And their mid life crisis never gets to be their mid life celebration. Bummer.
Mid Life Crisis candle burning? Nope. It’s more like this:
“I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got to hold up for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” — George Bernard Shaw
Thank you, readers and regular followers of Mid Life Celebration. Your support is one of the reasons I write daily. The main reason, of course, is to leave a trail for our son. My wife and I are in our early 50’s and he’s nine.
It’s sort of like The Last lecture concept, except I currently am not aware of any terminal illnesses. In The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and given six months to live. At that time, his three children were all six and under. He set out to leave a trail too.
If you got some “bad news” and didn’t have time to “leave a trail”, would there still be one?