I guess it happens in your early forties, but suddenly, you find yourself questioning everything around you – the universe, society, career, friendships … and how you have lived your entire life. The only thing not being questioned is family – because you are stuck with it. Somehow, nothing seems to make sense, or at least, have the same meaning it had. It could be a dramatic experience for many, or an exciting period in your life. You can analyze everything to exhaustion and become depressed, or you can just enjoy the sudden jolt of enlightenment that seems to break you in halves.
Eventually, like everything, it will pass, and you will emerge once more. Depending on what you made of the experience, you will emerge strong or vulnerable – but no matter what, it is still you. I am convinced that midlife crisis happens for a reason – it is necessary to ground you once more, just as the “terrible twos” or the “challenging teens.” Will it happen around your sixties, eighties …? Who knows. Me Who, What, Huh?