When I first thought of writing a blog, I sounded out the idea with a few friends. One friend who has recently taken up a new hobby, like myself,  asked – “do you think we’re having a mid-life crisis?” I was quick with my response, maybe too quick as I replied definitely NOT.

However, any Google search will reveal that taking up a new hobby is in fact a sign of a mid-life crisis. I read the Telegraph’s Top 40 signs of a midlife crisis http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10156725/Top-40-signs-of-a-midlife-crisis-revealed.html 

Yes,  I can relate to quite a few items on the list, I’ve taken up a new hobby, a hangover lasts more than a day, not to mention my rather unsuccessful attempt at learning to play the harp last year and more.  But is this a bad thing?  I don’t believe so, especially if it makes you take a long hard look at your life to make some positive changes.  Okay we can’t all give up our day jobs but we can try to make our lives more rewarding and satisfying.  

I could quote lots of facts, figures, research etc on experiencing a midlife crisis but these can easily be found on Google.  My blog is about being HAPPY and LOVING LIFE. So let’s be thankful for the midlife crisis – grasp it with our two hands and say yes. It gives us a chance to take stock of our lives, make changes if necessary.  It’s never too late to learn to play an instrument, learn a language, photography, travel, get married, make new friends, fall in love again, again and again.

I live more in the moment now than I ever did and cherish every minute of every day. I no longer take myself too seriously or worry about what other people think of me, something I did when I was younger. Life is definitely more fun and dare I say even care-free. So if you’ve hit your midlife and are having a crisis – learn from it embrace it head on.  

Have you or do you know someone who has reached a midlife crisis?  What if anything, has this resulted in?  A new hobby, a new passion?    I would love to hear from you.  

World English Dictionary

midlife crisis  (ˈmɪdˌlaɪf

n

 

a crisis that may be experienced in middle age involving frustration, panic, and feelings of pointlessness, sometimes resulting in radical and often ill-advised changes of lifestyle

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition

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