Both men and women can experience a midlife crisis, but they experience the crisis differently. Men focus directly on their achievements, and their desire to prove their success to others around them, while women tend to fixate on their physical appearance, sexual attraction, and what they can do once their parenting duties have ended.
Not everyone experiences a mid life crisis. Mid life crisis has to do with fear and anxiety of aging and ones mortality. Many at this point reflect at their earlier hopes, goals and ambitions in life and where their lives are at now. Some of the symptoms of mid life crisis include:
Traumas like death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job can trigger a mid life crisis. Typically the crisis may last from 3-5years. The good news is that there are ways of coping with a mid life crisis and for some people who are goal oriented it leads to increased fire in one’s belly to accomplish more in the next phase of one life.
How to deal with a mid-life crisis
It is good to avert a mid life crisis as it has the capacity to destroy what has taken half a lifetime to build. Just because you did not or could never make the cut for “Top 40 under 40”; for example does not mean that you are a failure in life. Different flowers bloom at different seasons. Tiger Woods taught us all that there is hope for a come back in the mid life season despite having undergone major set backs in life.
You have what it takes to accomplish what you wished and hoped for in life and more. For those of faith – God’s purpose for you can be fulfilled in this second half. Just like a football
game, half time is not the end of the game and does not mean the end score, you still have another half to enjoy. Bringing an end to this discussion on “Things I should have known when I turned 40”.
“Love and light to all who are 40 and above or all those aspiring for this magical age.”
April/May 2019 – Things I should have known when I turned 40.