It would be fair to say that I am currently going through a state of flux.
Lot’s of change.
And no I don’t mean transitioning to a Sad Clown.
With my corporate career firmly deposited in the bin I am now looking to pastures new.
Giving up the secure salary and all the trimmings to pursue my Ideas4Dads venture.
It’s a little bit scary but also very exciting!
I am adamant that if I had continued pursuing winning the rat race I would have ended up divorced, disconnected from my children and/or six feet under.
I am already starting to feel the benefits of getting back into blogging and pursuing it full time.
One particular benefit is that I have been able to do lots of reflecting.
I have also been using the time to reconnect with being a Dad and what being a Dad means to me.
However one thing that has dawned on me is that I am beginning to accept that I am entering into a midlife crisis albeit a little early at 39 years old if Wikipedia is anything to go by:
‘A midlife crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals, typically 45–64 years old. The phenomenon is described as a psychological crisis brought about by events that highlight a person’s growing age, inevitable mortality, and possibly shortcomings of accomplishments in life. This may produce feelings of depression, remorse, and anxiety, or the desire to achieve youthfulness or make drastic changes to current lifestyle’.
I am sure this will be the first of many but to address the title of this post here are some of the things that have been running through my head:
- Strong desire to follow my passion of giving up my corporate life despite the financial insecurity it poses in the short term
- That I don’t have long until my daughters grow up and need to make the most of this precious time
- That my focus is now on my own health and enjoying life rather than chasing the money dream
- That I need to stop worrying about what people might think of me if I do X or look like Y
- That I really need to get round to getting that tattoo I’ve wanted for the last twenty years
- Time to get my ear re-pierced
- That I have become a full blown road cycling MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra to coin the Daily Mail phrase)
These are just some of mine and I am sure there many more that I haven’t thought of yet!
Have you started or been through a midlife crisis?
What did it mean for you and what things did you do to address your mid life crisis?
As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments 🙂
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