Jump to content

Mid Life Crisis- do they really exist?


  • Please log in to reply
40 replies to this topic

#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Watching Everybody Loves Raymond, and they were talking about mid life crisis' and got me thinking, Do they really exist?

If so what was yours?

#2 FiveAus

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:12 PM

I sold my little 4 cyl sedan and bought a convertible. Classic "mid-life crisis" but it was fun. I owned it for 2 1/2 years then decided it was too hard to get in and out of so traded it for an X trail.
I used to take my two dogs to the dog wash and bath them, then put the top down and drive around town to dry them off. They'd sit on the back seat like a pair of movie stars.

#3 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Haven't had mine yet but DH is in the middle of his and has bought a black SS V8 Commodore aka the Big Black Money Burner. He drives around in it looking to make sure that other drivers are looking enviously at him as he 'roars' around the town making his V8 noises.

#4 Angelot

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

People tend to go through identity crises at a number of key transition points in their lives.  So many people do experience something of a "mid-life" crisis, but it's part of their ongoing development into maturity (a bit like adolescence is, only further along, obviously).

I haven't quite hit mid-life yet... my last big transition was becoming a mother, and I'm still reeling from that!

#5 GenWhy

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:27 PM

I'm still having a quarter life crisis from kids!

#6 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

----

Edited by Tyrone Finkelmeyer, 26 March 2013 - 08:52 PM.


#7 kadoodle

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

My mum did.  She bought a sports car and a chihuahua.

#8 ~iMum~

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

I can pin point 2 'mid life' crises I've had so far, both punctuated by cars. The first saw me trade my crappy Kia for an Audi. Then I traded the Audi for a 2 door Jeep last year. Along with the Jeep, I chucked in my cushy public service job and studied full time to finish my degree instead.

#9 I look incredible

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

No. I'm having a decidedly ordinary and dull mid-life.

#10 sophiasmum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

Yes they do!

My DH quit his stressful corporate job, took 2 mths off to "find himself", then got another job in the education sector that he loves.

I had another baby for my mid life crisis!

#11 kiam

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

My Dad had a "reverse" mid-life crisis, as we like to call it.

He quit his bikie group, sold his bike and leathers, bought a boat and some old man clothes with that money and now goes fishing instead of going cruising on his bike.

Was very weird for all of us.




...at least we don't have to buy fish any more?

#12 cinnabubble

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

I don't drive and don't have the money to travel, so my mid life crisis is a bit crap, really.

#13 Nora.

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

Definitely. The past year has been one enormous mid life crisis. It's almost broken me sad.gif

#14 Chchgirl

Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

I am mid fourties but am not having a mid life crisis, but maybe they do exist with some people. In general I am happy within myself, I just don't like others at the moment..

Although since my dh passed away this year I have the urge to pack up and go overseas for a year or so to get away from everyone, maybe that is one! (although I'm thinking it's the travel bug I haven't shaken for 20 years..)

Edited by Chchgirl, 02 December 2012 - 09:06 AM.


#15 fruitbat72

Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

When I turned 40 this year, I realised I am on the downhill run now and I hadn't imagined I would be still changing nappies, so a bit of a crisis in that respect.

Mostly a career "where am I going?" type thing - I am trying to get into the specialty that I want to work in and go from there. It will hopefully happen in the next few months

I am also slowly coming to terms with the fact that I am no longer 21 and slim and gorgeous, I have had 3 babies, that my body is aging and I have wrinkles. I am having to adjust my thinking to aging gracefully. I feel a bit sorry for those women who cannot accept ageing and look plastic due to excessive use of Botox and fillers and end up looking worse. I am going to take myself back to the gym and work with what I have.

In a way, I am looking forward to meeting the challenge.



#16 Mpjp is feral

Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

QUOTE (**Tiger*Filly** @ 01/12/2012, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had a real sense of mourning the end of my youth. Sort of like a point where lots of possibilities and parts of your life are finished, and although there are still lots of good things ahead, you won't get back those youthful opportunities. It did feel like a mid-life crisis.



This is EXACTLY how I felt.

#17 Walkers

Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE (**Tiger*Filly** @ 01/12/2012, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Absolutely. I used to wonder why people got hung up on turning 40, after all isn't it just a number.
Then when I turned 40, it was the same year my youngest child started school, and I had a real sense of mourning the end of my youth. Sort of like a point where lots of possibilities and parts of your life are finished, and although there are still lots of good things ahead, you won't get back those youthful opportunities. It did feel like a mid-life crisis.

This is kind of how I feel now except I still have little kids at home.
I never understood the drama surrounding the number 40 until that number clicked over for me. Over the past year I have felt like something is NQR, like a kind of sadness but I just couldn't pinpoint what it was. I googled mid life crisis and I tick a few of the symptom boxes.
Like PPs I can't go nuts and buy stuff, so it sucks eggs.
Ageing - I don't like it!





#18 Feral Nicety

Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

I'm 50 next year and that number is the one that is really bringing home to me that life is passing and quickly.  It's an interesting time, needing to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life.

#19 Gudrun

Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Not for me so I must have escaped it. Way too late now.

#20 littlemissmessy

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

I had mine at 32, almost left my husband and almost had an affair. Seems to be something about that age, as both my sisters had affairs/broke up with husbands at that age and one of my friends husbands had an affair on her at 32.

#21 Canberra Chick

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

I think I am having a good one just now. I've gone from cruising along at work and being content to carry an extra six kg to changing jobs, taking on some study and going to the gym and running most days. I also started doing girly things like getting my eyebrows plucked...

#22 luke's mummu

Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

Not exactly but the realisation that I am about to turn 42 and no more babies is very hard. Tyring to sort out/give away baby things is also very hard for me.



Lisa

#23 Chchgirl

Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE (Canberra chick @ 02/12/2012, 04:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think I am having a good one just now. I've gone from cruising along at work and being content to carry an extra six kg to changing jobs, taking on some study and going to the gym and running most days. I also started doing girly things like getting my eyebrows plucked...


OT but your kids are looking quite gorgeous in your pic Canberra Chick! (and growing up fast!)

#24 Kalota

Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

I am not yet middle-aged and I know this sounds EXTREMELY fickle, but I think I definitely had a quarter life crisis in my early to mid twenties. I had finished all of my schooling/university, gotten a full-time job and just thought "what now?" There was nothing on the horizon waiting for me (marriage, kids, financial goals - I had none and had none planned!) and I did some pretty silly things to try and pick my life up a bit!

Little did I know that I was entering the most exciting time of my life... But that's what retrospect is good for!

#25 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (Ange Vert @ 01/12/2012, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
People tend to go through identity crises at a number of key transition points in their lives.  So many people do experience something of a "mid-life" crisis, but it's part of their ongoing development into maturity (a bit like adolescence is, only further along, obviously).


Yep, thats exactly it. The end of adolescence/formal schooling tends to be another big point, the "quarter life crisis". I still feel guilty about begging my dad to buy me a fancy new drum kit even though I already had one, because I was so sure that once I graduated life would be completely different and I'd be barely surviving with some crappy job and no life so I needed to get all I could while I still had time. I still have that shiny red drum kit (instead of a shiny red convertible Tounge1.gif) though it doesn't get used much (guilt!).




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.