The New Age For A Midlife Crisis

by Mary Bauer - Date: 2007-02-18 - Word Count: 407 Share This!

In this harried era of electronic banking and laser surgery, it seems fair to say that nearly all of us are living life in the fast lane. We love our fast food, speed dial, and instant messaging. Today's news is yesterday's news before the sun sets. We are addicted to speed and if we knew we could get away with it, we'd put the peddle to the metal and drive as fast as the wind blows.

It should come as no surprise then, that you need not wait for the ripe old age of forty-five to experience a midlife crisis. I've noticed that many twenty-somethings are already intimately familiar with the phenomenon Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) defines as "an emotional state of doubt and anxiety in which a person becomes uncomfortable with the realization that life is halfway over. It commonly involves reflection on what the individual has done with his or her life up to that point, often with feelings that not enough was accomplished. The individuals experiencing such may feel boredom with their lives, jobs, or their partners, and may feel a strong desire to make changes in these areas."

I don't see this as a bad thing. Many young people are already deep into the process of examining what life means to them and how they can move gracefully onto the path meant for them. They are not waiting until they are "midlife" to have their midlife crisis. They are much faster than their predecessors at grasping information and knowing what to do with it.

And yet, satisfyingly enough, the process is the same for them-no one gets to skip any of the evolution steps. Granted, the younger generation may be evolving at a faster rate, but in order to gain the wisdom they seek they must go through their fitful bouts of doubt and angst just the same as the rest of us. They must question everything they thought they knew and come up with their own answers. They must feel that first uncomfortable, unexplainable nudge that becomes an unrelenting restlessness that can't help but to make them listen to the inner voice that wonders is this really my destiny? Is this really all I can do for the planet and humankind?

I am encouraged. Their waking pain will be the earth's gain. And maybe, just maybe, they will evolve at a pace fast enough to save the world.

Copyright 2007 - Mary M. Bauer. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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Mary M. Bauer is the author of five books, including The Truth About You: Things You Don't Know You Know (VanderWyk & Burnham, 2006). Visit

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