What Crazy Thing did you do during your Midlife Crisis?

@Tetchie (2933)
Australia
March 11, 2008 6:26pm CST
Come on own up! Did you quit your job? Leave your husband? Leave your Wife? Have an affair? Move countries? Buy a sports car? Around the age of 40 everyone goes through the same thing, it's unavoidable. Some have a really rough time, others breeze through it. Around 40 we seem to assess our lives, ask those big questions - like: Am I doing what I said I wanted to do? Am I happy with my lot (excuse the pun). I'm 40, what have I got to show for it? There is a real sense of irritability around this time - like you are being shaken at your core to take a good hard look at your self. For me - I quit my job. Then I travelled around my country - searching for I'm not sure what - but something. And I started meditating. I changed heaps in my life. Dare to share?
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• United States
12 Mar 08
I changed careers. I'm not quite sure it was a midlife crisis situation so much as it was a state of the economy in my area though. I went from being a factory worker to being self employed.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
12 Mar 08
That is definitely one of those things that happens during this 'change' in life. Midlife Crisis doesn't always mean problems, it means changing your circumstances. I sometimes think it was called a crisis by a woman whos husband went and did crazy things, like have an affair and buy a sports car! But it is definitely a time when we step out on a limb - like get your own business going, that takes guts in my book. Thanks for your response.
@mummymo (23707)
12 Mar 08
Can I get back to you in a year and a half when I turn 40 please? lol I don't think I have had my mid life crisis yet - many other crises yes but not a mid life one! xxx
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
12 Mar 08
Most certainly get back when the time comes. Though perhaps your changes may not be crisis but good things! Maybe you'll win lotto and change residence to a big house with a double garage and two BMW's, one red, one black!
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
I was so busy I never had time for a crisis. I was a beef farmer and not making as much money as I wanted(needed). At 37 I took a job in a Factory and worked the farm as a part-time job. Needless to say I was too busy to have a crisis. I really didn't mind the factory job, But, "Once a Farmer always a Farmer!" Five years later I bought a big Honda Motorcycle and that was the Highlight of my midlife crisis.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
12 Mar 08
Well I'm glad you had something to show for it! A waste otherwise, don't ya think.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
11 Mar 08
I am not sure that it could be accurately described as a mid-life crisis. But I have left my job after a prolonged period of illness. I am now writing a book, researching my family history and having fun. I have no intention of returning to work until I have to or want to. I learnt yesterday that I have enough contributions to qualify for my State pension when I am 60 - I am a few days short of 50 right now. Life is very good right now, the only problem really is myLot. I am addicted. But I have made lots of playmates on here and so I don't really mind too much. Hope that you are enjoying your time of as much.
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
Hope you have a great birthday. Can't help you with your addiction - it's actually catching so don't cough too much!
@joyce959 (1561)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
Yeah, most people experience some kind of situation like that. Don't know if mine was a midlife-crisis. I just turned very lazy. Not wanting to go / report for work. I don't want doing housechores. I just want to sleep and sleep. I guess its a depression stage on my part. But now, I am back to reporting to work, but not really too eager compared to those days when I was starting in office.
@ellie333 (21018)
11 Mar 08
I don't think I really had one other than life begins at forty, which I thought was supposed to be for me and I ended up pregnant, so whose life begins eh! Now have a wonderful son, but for my ex-husband a completely different kettle of fish bought a skyline, a corvette and a 25 year old girl to go with it, my eldest is only 20, silly boy, yet to become man. Lets hope it is just a phase he is going through cos at this rate he is likely to end up a very lonely old man. Ellie :D
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
11 Mar 08
Ouch! That midlife crises can also be the beginning of the lonely old man syndrome.
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@ellie333 (21018)
5 May 08
Hi There I have just noticed BR, Thank you so much, appreciated. Ellie:D