The Midlife Crisis – Fact or Myth?
Ask anyone who has actually gone through that troubling time of doubt and uncertainty that seems to hit you once you reach midlife, and they will tell you that the midlife crisis is very real. There may be many factors that combine to make this period unsettling for people; change in hormones and metabolism, realization that you are growing older, the death of parents or other aged loved ones, looking back on your life and realizing you didn’t accomplish that which you had set out to do; all these can cause a very troubling time, which is often referred to as a midlife crisis.
However, while it is very evident that the midlife crisis is something that exists, and which countless people experience in their lives, there are many misconceptions and myths regarding midlife crisis that should be cleared up.
Myth #1 – Midlife Crises Signify The Beginning Of The End
This simply isn’t true. While going through a midlife crisis is very difficult, going through this period usually causes people to enter a period of self-reflection which can lead to a turning point where they can reevaluate their lives and get on a path that will lead to greater fulfillment.
Myth #2 – You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
When you lose your job at this point in your life, it can very quickly spiral you into a period of hopelessness and despair. Losing your job at any point in your life can be very difficult, but middle aged people tend to have more fears associated with losing their jobs, because they feel that they are too old to start a new career and they wouldn’t be able to learn the skills a new job would require. Again, this simply isn’t true. Men in women who have been in the work force for years are much better able to adapt to a new career, simply because they have more experience under their belt than younger workers.
Myth #3 – “It’s All Downhill From Here…”
It’s true that our bodies start to slow down as we age. However, there have been many medical advances, and because of this, midlife doesn’t have to slow down your life or affect your health. Also, at this age, more people are aware of their health, and thus they tend to put more emphasis on eating better and getting proper exercise. Many people who start to add exercise and proper diet to their daily routines actually say that they feel better than they did when they were younger and “in their prime”.
As you can see, going through a midlife crisis doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Different people experience this change of life to different degrees, and some people don’t experience any form of “crisis” at all. However, if you do find yourself going through a midlife crisis, it is important to educate yourself about it and get help if needed. This time in your life can be a turning point for you, and can be a stepping stone to greater things!