Now that I am medium-aged, I’ve been thinking about the term ‘mid-life crisis’.
It’s portrayed as that moment when people reach a certain age, usually in their 40s or 50s, and feel like they’re not living the life they truly want. And while this may be a common phenomenon, I can’t help but think of the stigma that comes when someone reaches middle age and buys a red sports car.
The whispers are blaring, aren’t they? People assume that someone going through a mid-life crisis is just trying to recapture their youth by purchasing a flashy sports car. But, how many of us, in our youth, liked playing with and were drawn to fancy sports cars?
Yet, as we got older, we bought what we could afford, or what made sense for our lifestyle.
We made the rational and expected choice, not necessarily the one that aligned with what we really wanted or what brought us joy.
In essence, we gave up on our dreams and desires in order to conform to societal expectations.
But, why should we let go of our passions and dreams? Why should we be ashamed to pursue something that truly brings us joy?
Maybe the person who buys the red sports car is not having a mid-life crisis at all, but rather, is finally embracing the life they’ve always wanted.
It’s time to let go of the stigma surrounding mid-life awakenings and embrace the idea that it’s never too late to pursue our passions. We should not feel ashamed to want something different, to take risks, or to follow our hearts. We owe it to ourselves to live a life that is authentic and true to our inner selves.
So, to anyone who feels like they’re going through a mid-life crisis, know that it’s not something to be ashamed of.
And to those who judge, remember that everyone has their own unique journey and deserves the freedom to pursue their own passions, even if it means buying a red sports car.
The Clever Confidante ❤︎