To my fellow Gen X – the realization of 40(+) and the very important question that followed, “what the F am I doing with my life???” In my situation, it’s a case of midlife crisis – I think… Either way, it’s daunting, overwhelming and downright depressing to be at the midpoint of one’s life’s cycle – assuming I live to be 80 of course. Where did the years south of 40 went??? The last 20 was a blur with school, marriage, child, etc. So what to do?? Change mates? Find a new hobby? Take up painting or pottery? Start a new career? Got back to school?
So what to do?
Well, the simplest and most meaningful thing to do is the start looking at life with a different set of lenses. Forget about what pains you and focus on what made you and will make you happy. Value the people who love you. Stop dwelling on the negatives and focus on the positives… Keep moving forward but remember lessons learned. Forgive but don’t forget. Don’t hold grudges, it ages you. Appreciate what you have and not what you don’t have. Be kind. Be gentle. Be loving. Be appreciative. Smile. If you’re of legal age and responsible, have massive amount of sex. Love yourself. Be courteous and polite. JUST TRY TO BE HAPPY. Funnily, the more you try to do these things you will encounter assholes who will mess up your flow but all the more important to push on. Life’s happiness is controlled by our attitude – a simple tweak can bring about a momentous change.
My midlife crisis self is going to be happy if it kills me. I hope you do too…