An old Crisis

From an old journal – Thursday 8th July 1991

I mentioned to someone the other day that it was my birthday last Sunday and after I said I was 34 they said “Have you gone through midlife crisis yet?” Well firstly I didn’t think I’d reached a crisis until I realised that 34 years old is pretty close to the middle of my life. So now I am in crisis.

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26 Comments

  1. Cynthia said,

    September 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Look at it this way. Average life expectancy is around 76 now. At 34, you’re still years from the halfway mark.

  2. Cynthia said,

    September 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Look at it this way. Average life expectancy is around 76 now. At 34, you’re still years from the halfway mark.

  3. Josie Two Shoes said,

    September 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Ahhh to return to 34 and have to deal with that state of “crisis” again, huh? šŸ™‚ Funny how different things look a few years down the road. Scary happens when you realize that you clearly are past the midway point of your life by all known medical standards. The slope starts looking a little slippery from the mountain top!

  4. September 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Ahhh to return to 34 and have to deal with that state of “crisis” again, huh? šŸ™‚ Funny how different things look a few years down the road. Scary happens when you realize that you clearly are past the midway point of your life by all known medical standards. The slope starts looking a little slippery from the mountain top!

  5. John F said,

    September 13, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Belated bday wishes Loz! 34 is not that bad really. I am going through mid life crisis at 28!

  6. John F said,

    September 13, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Belated bday wishes Loz! 34 is not that bad really. I am going through mid life crisis at 28!

  7. Gypsy said,

    September 13, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Well I’m 47 so now I feel really old šŸ™‚

  8. Gypsy said,

    September 13, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Well I’m 47 so now I feel really old šŸ™‚

  9. Loz said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:30 am

    May have been a bit of a misunderstanding here folks – that post was transcribed from an old journal from 1991. So at 50 I am now a long way from 34 and as Josie says some way down the hump already.

  10. Loz said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:30 am

    May have been a bit of a misunderstanding here folks – that post was transcribed from an old journal from 1991. So at 50 I am now a long way from 34 and as Josie says some way down the hump already.

  11. Finn said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Ah… 34. Midlife my ass…

  12. Finn said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Ah… 34. Midlife my ass…

  13. terri said,

    September 14, 2007 at 2:04 am

    This may be strange, but at 40, I’m kinda hoping I’m past midlife. I really have no desire to get that old. My parents, in their 60’s, are already struggling and have been for several years. No thanks.

  14. terri said,

    September 14, 2007 at 2:04 am

    This may be strange, but at 40, I’m kinda hoping I’m past midlife. I really have no desire to get that old. My parents, in their 60’s, are already struggling and have been for several years. No thanks.

  15. Ms. Q said,

    September 14, 2007 at 4:40 am

    I had to laugh because I also think of “midlife” as being the halfway point of your expected life expectancy. I remember having an argument with a friend. I wasn’t intending it to be an argument but I think he was turning 40. I said something like “Welcome to middle age” and he said, “I am NOT middle aged!” and I said, well, “the middle is half of your life expectancy and men have an average life expectancy of 77 so…you’re middle aged buddy.”

    He became quite upset and I asked him when he thought middle-aged began and he said, “50”

    I then thought, OK, so when does uh, “old age” begin? I realize that no one says, “old age” anymore but I have no idea what euphemisms or empowering phrase they are using now. I’m 42 and figured, hmm, middle age is something like 40-55 and then 55-?? is some stage and at some point you admit you’re elderly.

    I’m in crisis mode a bit myself but that’s a good thing. I call them “growth spurts.” I seem to get them every 7 years. First it hurts. Then it hurts a lot. Then … it gets quite wonderful.

  16. Ms. Q said,

    September 14, 2007 at 4:40 am

    I had to laugh because I also think of “midlife” as being the halfway point of your expected life expectancy. I remember having an argument with a friend. I wasn’t intending it to be an argument but I think he was turning 40. I said something like “Welcome to middle age” and he said, “I am NOT middle aged!” and I said, well, “the middle is half of your life expectancy and men have an average life expectancy of 77 so…you’re middle aged buddy.”He became quite upset and I asked him when he thought middle-aged began and he said, “50”I then thought, OK, so when does uh, “old age” begin? I realize that no one says, “old age” anymore but I have no idea what euphemisms or empowering phrase they are using now. I’m 42 and figured, hmm, middle age is something like 40-55 and then 55-?? is some stage and at some point you admit you’re elderly.I’m in crisis mode a bit myself but that’s a good thing. I call them “growth spurts.” I seem to get them every 7 years. First it hurts. Then it hurts a lot. Then … it gets quite wonderful.

  17. Worldman said,

    September 14, 2007 at 6:51 am

    I went through it, at around the 40ties, a bit more. I did stupid things. Some I regret. But I got out of it. Strengthended. And now I have added more years. And I am leaving them in a extraordinary fantastic way. I can look back and at the same time forward. And the most amazing is that I feel young, both mentally and physically. And I am convinced, this will happen to you too.

  18. Worldman said,

    September 14, 2007 at 6:51 am

    I went through it, at around the 40ties, a bit more. I did stupid things. Some I regret. But I got out of it. Strengthended. And now I have added more years. And I am leaving them in a extraordinary fantastic way. I can look back and at the same time forward. And the most amazing is that I feel young, both mentally and physically. And I am convinced, this will happen to you too.

  19. FindingHeart said,

    September 14, 2007 at 7:32 am

    To me, mid-life is a statistical measure. Old is mental. At 40, I probably am mid-life-ish *shudder*. Living through the divorce and watching X’s own mid-life crisis throw everything asunder, watching the hair go and the remaining bits go gray, and not taking care of myself the way I should all makes me feel physically older. But, as inferred from your previous post, I’m still playing in the mud, building great Lego masterpieces, and generally keeping the ‘kid’ inside my head fed. I’m not old (mentally) so I refuse to spend time thinking about mid-life anything.

    But thanks for bringing “Make new Last Will and Testament” back to my to do list. Ha!

  20. FindingHeart said,

    September 14, 2007 at 7:32 am

    To me, mid-life is a statistical measure. Old is mental. At 40, I probably am mid-life-ish *shudder*. Living through the divorce and watching X’s own mid-life crisis throw everything asunder, watching the hair go and the remaining bits go gray, and not taking care of myself the way I should all makes me feel physically older. But, as inferred from your previous post, I’m still playing in the mud, building great Lego masterpieces, and generally keeping the ‘kid’ inside my head fed. I’m not old (mentally) so I refuse to spend time thinking about mid-life anything. But thanks for bringing “Make new Last Will and Testament” back to my to do list. Ha!

  21. indicaspecies said,

    September 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hi
    My first time here. We both have the words “midlife crisis” in our recent postings.
    http://indicaspecies.blogspot.com/
    2007/09/musings-of-ballerina.html
    Sure you don’t suffer from it from the feel of your lovely blog, nor do I. Cheers to an exciting life.
    celine šŸ™‚

  22. September 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hi My first time here. We both have the words “midlife crisis” in our recent postings. http://indicaspecies.blogspot.com/2007/09/musings-of-ballerina.htmlSure you don’t suffer from it from the feel of your lovely blog, nor do I. Cheers to an exciting life.celine šŸ™‚

  23. HollyGL said,

    September 15, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Its always such a strange feeling when people talk about middle age and the person is 40 years old. I’m 43, and I am always stunned to realize that I fall into that category.

  24. HollyGL said,

    September 15, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Its always such a strange feeling when people talk about middle age and the person is 40 years old. I’m 43, and I am always stunned to realize that I fall into that category.

  25. Dorothy said,

    September 16, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Sometimes, I think midlife is important, then I realize just living makes more sense. Age is in the heart and mine says midlife is 100.

    Regards, Dorothy from grammology

  26. Dorothy said,

    September 16, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Sometimes, I think midlife is important, then I realize just living makes more sense. Age is in the heart and mine says midlife is 100.Regards, Dorothy from grammology


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