Is this a Mid-life Crisis?
I woke up the other morning realising that I’m more than half way through my life. By all probability, I’ve got less years ahead of me than behind me. The funny thing is I’ve never had a life plan, a financial plan or any other type of personal plan. I’ve never needed it and I suspect they would have slowed me down anyway. The furthest I think ahead is one year. And that’s usually to decide where to go on holidays.
However, now that I’ve realised that I don’t have unlimited years left I might tweak a few things. I’ll increase the pace of what I do. I’ll do fewer things that feel repetitious. I’ll set hard, short term goals and push myself to achieve them. I’ll continue to learn and force myself to do things that are difficult and new. I’ll only work on the opportunities and causes that I find interesting, stimulating and worthwhile. I’ll spend less time in airplanes and more time with my family. I’ll see my great (and old) mates more regularly and let them know how important they are to me. Ditto for my parents.
What I don’t plan to change are my 10 year old Mitsubishi, my $12 haircuts or my one and only suit which I was married in nearly 11 years ago. I’m also unlikely to start worrying about what people say about me.
Is this a mid-life crisis? Hardly. It’s just a realisation that time ticks on and you need to make the most of every moment and do your best at all times. Whether you are at the start, middle or end of your life, these are the days of your lives. Your curtain call will come eventually. That’s unavoidable. But it shouldn’t mean we sit back idly waiting for the days to run out. That would be a waste.
No doubt there will be moments of wonder, desolation, panic and joy ahead. That’s inevitable. And you probably can’t influence much of it anyway. But you can stay current and positive and force yourself to move ahead no matter what challenges are thrown your way.
For me, I’ll just move faster in whatever I’m doing – that’s the only change I’ll make. Other than ramping the volume up a notch or two on the remainder of my journey…
Article by The Bull
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