Midlife Myths

The myths about midlife are pretty standard – get divorced, get the sports car, start an affair, or build a cabin in Wyoming and move away.  I call them myths because they make midlife seem all about a pathological fear of aging or denial of aging and that is a simplistic view. Midlife is a complex period that can result in healthy and creative change.  The myths generally are all about staying young – or at least deluding yourself that aging is optional.  Here’s the truth: aging is required.  We can age gracefully but, if we are lucky, we will age.  There aren’t any “ifs” about aging or mortality.  It is all a game that we are required to play. However, we have many choices about HOW we play the game.

So please, don’t think about midlife as getting a facelift so you can lie about your age. Instead, think about midlife as a time when you can review your life, relinquish some aspects of your life that no longer fit, and refocus your attention on your future in order to live a more authentic, satisfying life.

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2 Responses to “Midlife Myths”

  1. April 14th, 2011 3:33 am

    Thanks for an insightful post. I agree that the task of midlife is to let go of certain things that no longer fit and make some conscious decisions about what is really important for you to do in your life.

  2. April 14th, 2011 4:54 pm

    Hi everyone
    What a great post :)
    Yes, mid-life is a time for freedom, change, reinvention and self discovery :) So mnay people are taking the opportunity these days, especially with the economic climate, to reasses what’s important, focus on themselves realise that life can be different. And us fabulous forty-somethings are in the ideal position to be able to do something about it; old enough to embrace the challenges, but not too old that we have no energy left for them!