I’m sure you have all heard people talking about mid-life crisis’, we may all have a chuckle with family members when they have suddenly started talking about wanting to give up work to travel the world or ditching the family car for a sports car, or even talk of chopping in partners for younger models…usually this is just talk and doesn’t actually happen, thankfully in some cases.
Recently I began to think about these types of mid-life crisis’ and wondering just why they happen, and more importantly thinking about whether I may have one, but then thought that’s impossible because I’m not actually a grown up yet….only I am and it happened without me even really noticing it, just sort of crept up on me.
I know I am a mother to three beautiful children but I still rarely see myself as grown up as such, even being self-employed and married – I can still relate to the younger me, still like most of the music I liked back then and at times I can still be that defiant teen not wanting to go to bed even though I am falling asleep on the sofa half way through a movie.
I hate being told what to do and when to do it just as much as I did back in my teens, maybe it’s my stubborn genes shining through but I can’t help it.
I certainly am more sensible now though, as being a parent enforces you to be, there is no splashing out on luxuries and nights out just because if I need to buy things for the kids and the house, they come first and always will do, perhaps that’s what being grown up is really about – making sure you have your priorities straight but it doesn’t actually mean you always have to feel like a grown up – I don’t.
I am happy to keep being the fun me, a big kid at heart really. I can be sensible and responsible without having to actually feel old.
So for me I certainly think a mid-life crisis is a LONG way off however I could have some fun and start planning in advance for it, I know I’m not alone as I asked a few friends to think ahead to their own mid-life crisis’ and what would be top of their to do list, throwing caution to the wind and being completely selfish. Here’s what they said:
Jo – My Monkey’s Don’t Sit Still: “I’ve always wanted to do a wing walk. I’m 46 this year! Although I may actually chicken out if it ever came to it”
Liz – Hart of the Munchkin Patch: “I’ve always wanted to visit Alcatraz. I’d also love to go deep sea scuba diving”
Clare – Emmy’s Mummy and Harry’s Too!: “It’s a tricky one as I have already ticked off a few already mainly because I am a little crazy, I’ve already abseiled my local church, walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and completed a Sky-dive – I do want to swim with dolphins and go on a cruise though”
Chantelle – Mama Mummy Mum: Wants to go to New York to spend an abundance on shopping and then head over to Disney World WITHOUT the kids!
As for me, well perhaps I will be seeking a younger model? Only kidding Ollie, I’m not about to contact the family law experts just yet however I do spy some dust over in that corner by the TV and you know that after my operation I can’t lift the hoover for a little while…..
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