Do you think you are too old to make a change in your life? Here is a guest post to reminds you that you are never too old.
One of the things that never seems to stop being “a thing” is a person’s midlife crisis. The range of people affected by it is immense, because it can “attack” between 30 and 70 years of age, with those aged between 40 and 60 being its target group. However, it is time to start talking about a midlife crisis as some sort of problem, especially in this day and age. It does not need to be a time in our lives when we look back with sorrow into our past and regret having done or not having done certain things. It does not have to result in doing something completely pointless and superficial, such as buying a red sports car, or getting plastic surgery.
Even though most people dealing with midlife crisis feel as if their best days are behind them, that couldn’t be further from the truth. First of all, there is no point in thinking that you’ve passed the halfway mark, because you don’t know how long you are going to live. Then, there is the fact that the average life expectancy and the quality of life are better than even, leaving us with plenty of good decades ahead of us. With that in mind, we have put together a list of why your midlife crisis might be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
1. You Have Plenty of Life Experience under Your Belt
if asked about their favorite time in life, most people would choose their 20s or 30s. However, we all tend to look at the decades behind us through rose-colored glasses. Of course, because those decades contain some of the biggest highs in our life. It is most likely the time when you have looked your best, fallen in love with the love of your life, gotten your first job, gotten married, and/or had children.
However, we tend to forget the lows. We forget how insecure we were in ourselves and our decisions. We also lacked money to do certain things in life, or were partially or completely financially dependent. Being older, you are comfortable with who you are and have plenty of experience to guide you through life.
2. You Are Old/Young Enough
This is one of the perks of being middle-aged. You are old enough to make your own decisions in life, and you are fully aware of the risks, consequences, and benefits that are the result of your actions. Sure, it would be better if you were 25 right now, but since you can’t go back into the past with this mindset, there is no point in dwelling on it.
You are still young enough to make most goals in your life a reality. If you are considering a career change, you still have plenty of time to turn things around and change your professional and personal life for the better.
3. You Depend on Nobody and Vice Versa
When you were younger, you felt as if you had all the freedom in the world. Which is not entirely true. You were free of most responsibilities that come with being an adult, but you were financially dependent on your parents, which was certainly limiting in several ways. After you have gotten a bit older, you had kids you had to provide for, which means you were limited yet again, albeit in a different way.
Now that you are middle-aged, you have the best of both worlds. You don’t depend on your parents, and you children don’t depend on you. This leaves an awful lot of time, as well as resources, which you can spend on nobody but yourself. You can pursue your hobbies, explore alternative careers, or simply catch up on your reading.
4. There Is No Such Thing as “Too Late”
If you are feeling as if you’re too old to make changes in your life, keep in mind that you can’t know what’s going to happen a year from now, let alone in the next few decades. Let’s just recall some examples of people which have achieved recognition later in life. We can safely say that Morgan Freeman is one of the finest actors currently working in show business, but if you were to take a look at the list of his roles, you would be able to see that he didn’t get his big break in Hollywood until he starred in Driving Miss Daisy. He was 52.
Another great example is his pal Clint Eastwood, who is a living legend. But, we consider him an actor first, even though he has been directing movies for almost 40 years. His best works include Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Changeling, Gran Torino, and American Sniper, all of which he directed in his 70s and 80s.
5. You Are Privileged
We are so busy chasing after something that we rarely stop and think how privileged we are to have lived this long. Every time you catch yourself thinking how your midlife crisis is the worst thing that has happened to you, think about how many people haven’t had the luxury of growing to become middle-aged. They also had hopes, goals, and dreams, but death got in their way too early on.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that you only get one chance at life, which should serve as motivation to make the most of it. Just because things aren’t perfect right now doesn’t mean you don’t have the ability or the time to change them. Because you do. You have plenty of it ahead of you. If you don’t do it in this lifetime, when will you do it? Age is such an arbitrary number, and it shouldn’t prevent you from achieving your goals.
The Final Word
Instead of considering it a crisis, think of your middle age as an opportunity to improve your life and do all of the things you have missed out on doing before. You have plenty of time left to learn, try, fail, try again, and succeed. Don’t let yourself or anyone else tell you otherwise.
Olivia is a journalist who is always ready to experience new things and share this experience with others. She is passionate about art and writing. Therefore, she usually spends time writing for Aussiewritings.com or travelling around the World. Follow Olivia on Facebook and Twitter.
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