Today’s blog I’m going to outline how to survive a midlife crisis – well, how I do it…… Adventurously! It’s so interesting to talk to people about midlife. Before you know it, you hear things about reading glasses, colonoscopies, weight gain, boredom at work and empty nest syndrome.
Most aren’t comfortable admitting to something called a crisis. I wasn’t, that’s for sure.
But there is something about being in your 40s and 50s and having older kids that’s different.
Now, different doesn’t have to be bad.
Different doesn’t have to be an actual crisis.
But different is different. It’s worthy of some thought and consideration.
One way midlife is different is because it doesn’t “look” the same as when we were young adults in our 20s and 30s. We typically have more money, are less involved with direct childcare, have years of career experience and have older parents ourselves in midlife. It feels like another life chapter.
Our thoughts are a lot different in this chapter too. We typically think more about retirement planning, our health, launching our kids into their young adult chapter and…our own discontent. Basically, how to survive a midlife crisis.
There’s the so-called “crisis”.
Many of us start to feel like life is passing us by and we haven’t accomplished everything on our list yet. Is this you?
I remember when I realized this. It was an odd little encounter at my gym and I didn’t see it coming. I recognized someone at the front desk. I had never had a single conversation with him before, but I recognized his daughter and said hello. We started talking and he told me that he had just come back from a white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.
BOOM! How to Survive a Midlife Crisis
This hit me like a ton of bricks.
I had always wanted to do this and here I was, smack dab in my midlife chapter and a trip like this wasn’t even on my agenda or radar. That was the moment I realized I wasn’t living an intentional life. I was responding to my hectic, chaotic, busy life with my three teens, husband, job and pets, rather than figuring out exactly what I wanted and making it happen. Time was ticking by…and I was definitely starting to feel that life was short and I needed to get going!
WOW, what a surprise this was to me.
I hadn’t allowed myself to dream in decades. Probably since college.
That chance encounter in the gym changed my life. I don’t even remember that neighbor’s name, lol.
Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing to get my husband on board. So I booked a six day white water rafting trip with Western River Expeditions during the summer when all three kids were at camp and we had a fantastic adventure and an awesome way I’ve learned how to survive a midlife crisis!
That trip sparked my imagination again. It ignited my passion to not have regrets. And it started me down the road to MY more intentional midlife chapter.
I put together 10 easy strategies to spark your ability to dream again too. They are in a free eGuide called The Dream Igniter. Click here to download it www.suzyrosenstein.com/get-dream-igniter or click below and start nurturing your own ability to love your midlife and make sure that a “midlife crisis” isn’t part of your vocabulary either!
Keep me posted on what you come up with on how to survive a midlife crisis yourself!