Everybody told me it would happen when I turned 40. Of course, I thought it would never happen to me. My body started making subtle shifts. First, my hands became dryer. Then I couldn't see as well up close. Finally my body held onto weight like it might be stuck in the Amazon with only bugs to eat. Those were all the outward signs.
However, internally I started to change, too. The thought that I repeated in my mind was, "It's halfway over." I couldn't get over how quickly time had passed and that now I sat in the middle of my life.
Growing up in the 1980's I remember watching movies where parents would go through a midlife crisis. The dad drove down the tree-lined suburban neighborhood in a red convertible sports car. The mom stood in the kitchen in her new aerobics leotard and leg warmers. Sports cars and a new body hasn't been my experience, however.
My midlife crisis began with an awareness that my time on earth is, in fact, going to end. This led me to question what I've done with it to make it count and what I'm going to do with the rest of it.
When I looked up the word "crisis" in the dictionary, one of the definitions was, "a situation that has reached a critical phase." It's common to view a midlife crisis as negative, but it has the potential to be positive. Midlife is a critical phase in our lives where we get to evaluate the first half and decide what we want to do with the second half.
Here are ten signs that you are in a midlife crisis based on my experience. Some of these signs are fun, but others are serious. They are ten signs you may not expect:
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