We have grown up hearing about people having a mid-life crisis, but really what are they? It is something I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last few years.
The Mid-Life Crisis
It is something I’ve thought about and I have wondered is it real? Do people really have that kind of crisis in their life?
The first thing is the concept of what is mid-life. It usually refers to people who have turned 40, but these days they are still considered young. Well, I think they are. Maybe that is because I don’t want to think that I am old just because I’m in my fifties. Early 50’s really, though it doesn’t really matter.
If you ask me the new age for us mid-lifers is 50. It isn’t that unreasonable to think that. There is no reason not to think that many of us will live to see 100, or close to. You just never know. My grandmother died at 96, a good innings.
So let’s just state it right now, the new age for mid-life is 50. You got that, 50. Don’t argue with me. Just celebrate it with me. We are all mid-lifers.
What is a mid-life crisis?
Who bloody knows. Really. I have started to think it is just crap really. Perhaps the real reason for people doing things when they get to that age is because they now have the money to do it. For most of us our kids have grown up and no longer financially dependent, so we have spare cash. We have the cash to do the stuff we have wanted to do for a long time.
Perhaps there is some concept of accepting that we are no longer young. A bit like that post last week. There are limitations, and recognising that there are things in life that we will never do because of our age. Now that sucks, it really does.
I don’t mean everything, but seriously, we aren’t going to be Olympic athletes anymore. Yes, I know, I was never going to be one, but now it really never can happen.
That is what it is meant to be, like a last ditch effort to keep our youth. That is what we are led to believe it is.
What is meant to happen
Okay, so I am not going to go out and buy a Harley Davidson. Really, I’m not interested in that. However, I have got a great camera, though not necessarily the one I want now, but will do. The thing I have been allowed to do is travel more.
My kids are no longer a problem for me and it is time for me to get my life back. To stop being a mother, well a full time mum. If I want to go away for a few weeks, that if fine. It isn’t a burden on anyone now.
What really happens
Nothing really. We just start enjoying our life because the future is different for us than it was when we were young adults. We aren’t as concerned about owning a house, getting married or having children. It is about enjoying what is left of our lives. Hoping the grim reaper doesn’t come too soon.
Well, there is that. It is about fitting as much into our lives as possible.
It is interesting to see how many people take up photography at this time as well. When you see people doing workshops to learn photography it is astronomical how many people are middle-aged or older.
It is the fastest growing demographic for photography. Yet, how many of us feel as though companies don’t care about us?
At the end of the day
So how many of you feel that way? Are we considered at all when companies are designing gear or what will help us take photos? Do they think about bad knees, arthritic fingers etc?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Today the photos are all bridges. I think bridges are great. They are a way to gain access, to cross difficulties or just to get somewhere else.