What was your mid-life crisis

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Re: What was your mid-life crisis

Post by jb1934 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:13 pm

"Now I am looking for ways to fix the above. Maybe I can get some tips on tackling these from the group."

It's good that you identified problems in your life and asked for help. Your not alone.
Keep talking to your counselor.
I suggest you peruse these web sites.
Contempt prior to investigation might hinder you in your journey.

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Re: What was your mid-life crisis

Post by maitrina » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:05 pm

So far, at 52, my mid-life crises have included: 1) an awareness that I have much more than enough; 2) the knowledge that everything constantly changes whether I want it to or not (and impermanence is, actually, to be fully embraced); and 3) I may never, ever quite figure out the perfect asset allocation.
"I'd like to live like a poor man with lots of money." - Pablo Picasso

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Re: What was your mid-life crisis

Post by travellight » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:57 pm

I think of it more as a midlife check than a crisis. My younger years were so full of intense hard work and paying my dues, there was not the luxury to checking if I was where I wanted to be in my personal or financial life. It is a luxury to be able to recalculate route if you are not happy or fulfilled in any particular sector and if you don't see being able to achieve what you want despite all efforts in those areas.

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Re: What was your mid-life crisis

Post by honkeoki » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:23 pm

VictoriaF wrote:I suppose I am having it now. It's not a crisis per se, but I am frustrated with how little I have accomplished. In the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, I was humbled by watching the photos of the 840 Nobel Laureates moving along the roof of the museum.

I had a similar experience just today: listening to Shelby Foote's Narrative History of the Civil War, I discovered Stonewall Jackson was the same age as me when he soldiered across Virginia, leading thousands of men in battle, making life and death decisions... Forrest was only 2 years older than me, a successful plantation owner and one of the most brilliant strategic minds of the war. (Forrest is a hero of mine but decidedly NOT a role model.)

Maybe the lesson here is not to compare yourself to people about whom books are written?
Be smug when others are fearful; be fearful when others are smug.