Monday, July 10, 2006

Does Everyone Go Through Mid Life Crisis?

Pia, a friend from high school called me a while ago to catch up and compare notes on how life has been treating us. She said that she is experiencing a mid life crisis. If I remember my Psychology class, it was Carl Jung who first identified it. It's a combination of:

Boredom, exhaustion, or frantic energy
Self-questioning, especially on the purpose of life
Greatly decreased or increased sexual desire
Sexual affairs, especially with someone much younger
Greatly decreased or increased ambition
Irritability or unexpected anger

I think I've always had 3 or 4 of these symptoms ever since I turned 30. Is it possible to experience it in your 30's? Since I experience a constant spiral of emotions, I guess mid life crisis is nothing new to me.

So she asked, how does one cure bouts of depression (which is a symptom of MLC)? For me, it's Reading, writing, movies, & nature. I've long known that whatever gets you through the day, whatever makes you happy, and in the words of my daughter, whatever floats your boat, go for it!


Life is too short. When we're dead, that's it! No heaven, no hell, no reincarnation, no meeting your creator. There's nothing after that! Period!


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