Gen Xers are known as the “whatever” generation of latchkey kids who were feral and fended for themselves for years. Gen X is now in the time of their lives where they could be experiencing a mid-life crisis. The following is a list of things people have been compelled to do after experiencing a mid-life crisis.
Many people start to reflect on their relationships and the value they bring to their lives. Unfortunately, it can result in the end of ones that feel toxic or to be lacking the love they need.
“After 25 years of marriage to the wrong person I filed for divorce. I’m glad I did. My stress level is negative and my smile is back.”
“Yes. Couldn’t see myself spending any more years with that person. 22 married, 25 together. It’s nuts how much happier I am.”
Bought a Dream Car
“I asked my wife if she thought I’d be crazy to take a look at the car I’ve always wanted, as it would be completely frivolous and just something to drive on weekends. She basically said that I work hard, I’m really frugal and never buy anything for myself, and that we have no kids and can easily afford such a random purchase. So like 3 days later I drove home with the car of my high school dreams and couldn’t be happier.”
Updated their Will
“I will be 50 and my own mortality has begun to creep in. But instead of acting a fool, I am updating my will, and putting things in order. In hopes I won’t need any of this stuff for a while, but if I do, there are no worries.”
“Mine appears to be collecting graduate degrees, lol.” The reader continued to say “On my third in my 40s, trying to get done before I hit 50… we’ll see, I’m starting to lose stream, lol.”
“I gave up veganism, after 30 years. I’m also throwing out nearly everything I own, which has been liberating.”
Got Rid of Possessions
“I want to get rid of my things too. I’ve been reading up on Swedish Death Cleaning. I sort of feel like I’m drowning.”
Another reader responded “Good for you for scaling down. That’s a normalized Gen X behavior.”
Picked Up Healthier Habits
“Approaching 50, I started to spiral because more than half my life was gone and perimenopause hit me hard. I was depressed for 10 years from 46-56. Stayed home and didn’t do anything, gained weight, health plummeted, just sad and low all the time. So my crisis wasn’t a manic crisis, per se. But The pandemic opened my eyes somehow. Since then, I’ve been clawing my way back, determined to live the rest of my life feeling as good as possible and doing all the things.”
Quit Their Jobs
“Not crisis but I became really unwell in my early 50’s. Not life threatening but it affected my quality of life. All the doctors figure it was triggered by stress and I have realized that I’ve been existing on a high level of stress and anxiety for most of my life. I have slowed things down and pulled back from a lot of commitments. I’ve noticed a lot of people have pulled away because I’m not the one doing all the running. It’s a bit lonely but I’m definitely calmer. I’m more focused on myself, my husband and my kids instead of trying to please everyone else.”
Got a Motorcycle
“I did the motorcycle thing for mine, trying to convince myself I was still young enough to do all the stupid stuff I did as a kid. But I still ride, so it was worth it.”
“Turned 50 in May and no fancy cars or big lifestyle changes , but I have been thinking of changing my career. I’ve been questioning a lot recently if working in the corporate environment is worth it anymore. The games, kiddom building, backstabbing and the general a**hattery just isn’t flying with me anymore. I just don’t see myself living this way much longer.”
“Started therapy at 46 (48 now), realized I had a ton of childhood trauma that I never dealt with that has affected my entire life and I am currently trying to reconcile it all. So, I guess that’s my mid life crisis.”
“My friend took a whole year off from work and traveled and visited friends. I decided that’s what I was going to do.”
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