Hearing those words causes most “sane” individuals to run for the hills but, let’s be honest, most of us are just a little insane. Those of us who admit to being a bit insane have flashbacks to a comedy movie where a 50-year old man splurges on a new motorcycle when they get their Christmas bonus.
I like to think of a midlife crisis as a positive situation, one that makes us realize just how wonderful our life has been as we reflect. Don’t worry, when you go through a midlife crisis, just follow these 10 steps to turn what seems like a negative experience into a positive one.
Step Up – Your life is halfway over, but that doesn’t mean it is over. Take this time to reflect and figure out what you truly enjoy.
Plan a New Beginning – Think of this as a chance for you to press the “restart button” of life. You still have half of your life left to go out and do what, in the last step, you discovered you truly enjoy.
Kick Your Comfort to the Curb – Think of this as the perfect chance to step out of your comfort zone. Maybe you have avoided traveling due to a fear of flying or you haven’t applied for your dream job because you feel there are better candidates out there. It’s time to get over that because you’re standing in your own way.
Speak to Your Spouse – Your loved one might not realize you are going through a crisis. Rest assured, they do care. By talking it out with them you can work out a way to get through the crisis together.
Turn Your “Crisis” Into an Awakening – Take a trip, just get away with your loved one to work out your crisis together. Once you get back you’ll have a new take on life.
Talk to a Professional – Sometimes speaking with your loved one may not be enough (or an option). Don’t worry, that’s what the professionals are for.
Change Your Mindset – Do you have a friend with a fancy car and house? They might have some mindset problems that you wouldn’t want for yourself. Just realized someone else’s success is a failure for you and if you aren’t happy with your life, work on setting some better goals.
Go Back to School – Sometimes a midlife crisis represents the realization that you’ve given your best years to your family and you want to do something for you. Take some time to learn something that you are interested in and use it to get that dream job you’ve always wanted.
Write Down Shared Goals – After the previous steps, you may still be unsure of what you want to do with your life. Write down some goals you share with your loved one. This could bring you and your loved one closer.
Edward Young – Keep this quote from Edward Young in mind as you live life, “Procrastination is the thief of time.”