What is a midlife crisis?
According to Kathleen Doheny of WebMD, it’s the stuff of jokes and stereotypes — the time in life when you do outrageous, impractical things like quit a job impulsively, buy a red sports car, or dump your spouse. For years, midlife crisis conjured those images. But these days, the old midlife crisis is more likely to be called a midlife transition — and it’s not all bad. The term crisis often doesn’t fit, mental health experts say, because while it can be accompanied by serious depression, it can also mark a period of tremendous growth. The trick, of course, is to realize when the transition is developing into depression so you can get help.
Okay, now that we’re all worried about me buying two Jaguars, I guess I should make it clear right away, I’m not depressed and it was two Jaguar bicycles that I bought. (see pics below) However, I do like the line in Kathleen’s article about “a midlife transition marking a period of tremendous growth” as a statement about where I’m headed with my life. I’ve always believed if a person isn’t growing they’re dying. So, I’ve always tried to keep pursuing knowledge and growth experiences both in my vocation and in everyday life. In fact, writing this blog is one of those new life experiences for me. I’m not to sure about this, we’ll see how it goes.
Ok, sorry to disappoint you if you thought I meant I bought two Jaguar automobiles. If it wasn’t what you were thinking, it sure was what I was thinking when I bought these bicycles. I love telling my friends that my wife, Kathy and I bought a pair of matching Jaguars just for fun. Of course, then I explain.
Kathy and I decided a couple of years ago we needed a fun way to get a little more exercise so we ventured out to buy two bicycles. We had rediscovered the joy of riding bicycles again in August of 2000, when we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in Cape May, NJ, a historic Victorian bed and breakfast beachfront town. So, you guessed it, the bicycles had to be beach cruisers. No laughing please, especially by you serious long distance cyclists who think you’re Lance Armstrong. Like I said, we were out to just get a little exercise in a way that was fun. And, it’s worked. We really enjoy riding our beach cruisers around our community, on bike trails and especially along beachfront towns.
Regardless, of the season of life you are in, it’s a great idea to keep pursing learning and growing to experience all that life has to offer physically, relationally, mentally and spiritually. I don’t know about you but I’m determined to keep pursuing each season of life as a period of tremendous growth.
Well, do you think my purchase of two Jaguars was an outrageously impractical thing to do? Check my blog from time to time because surely I’ve done some other stuff that may qualify for sure.