We always hear our parents say things like “You have everything so easy. When I was your age…” or “I never got to do that…”.   And perhaps that’s true. Perhaps our generation is blessed with more opportunities, abilities, and means. But where does that leave us?

I often see people in my generation living life to the max at a very early age, often beyond their means. Don’t get me wrong, you all know that I enjoy living the good life too and I have some habits and hobbies that the average 20-something generally doesn’t do. I know I have been very fortunate. But, again I ask, where do things like this leave us?

Looking up into the 40s and 50s people, we are seeing typical “mid-life crisis” actions. Sports cars, big boats, and other assorted toys. Affairs with the secretary or receptionist (or personal trainer). Massive job changes to a wholly different industry. These are all things done to fulfill a little bit of personal gratification in a big way. Material therapy.

So what is in store for those of us in our 20s and 30s who are living that same big lifestyle now? Are we bound to continue living at the high level of self-satisfaction throughout our tenure on this earth? Or will there be an even bigger era in 20 years when our mid-life crises become a mid-life extravaganza?

Or will the opposite occur? Will we hit age 42 and realize that we have done nothing meaningful in this world? Will we wake and wonder where the time has gone and realize that we never looked past our own existence, that we never did anything for anyone else, unless it would benefit us? Will we have an inverse mid-life crisis?

I don’t know that that would necessarily be a bad thing. At any point, charitable organizations and people in need can always use the assistance. And what better time to give than when you are (presumably) more financially stable and may be able to give more of yourself, time, etc.? Will there be a coming back to values and humbleness?

I would like to think so. While each generation is typically classified by stereotypical traits (ie: the “silverspoon generation”), I can only hope that this self-centeredness will break open at some point, and people will embrace the world beyond themselves.

It’s almost like a continuous diet of desserts: you get so stuck on the sweet and sugar, that you often forget how excellent the savory and healthy can be too.

from Traverse City.

4 thoughts on “Mid-life Without Purpose (or, An Inverse Crisis)

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