A few months ago I questioned the existence of the midlife crisis, and suggested that it might very well be a myth. Well, researchers from various universities have looked at it from various angles and seem unanimous in their ordeal: there is no such thing as a “midlife crisis”.
Actually, people tend to slowly become more content as they age towards the “midlife” point – the opposite of what was long thought.
When researchers say that something doesn’t exist, it is actually a bit strange. Because: how do you prove that something does not appear to be part of reality? Does that really mean that the scientists have looked in every possible nook and cranny, and found nothing there? Or does it, more modestly, state that the researchers have not found any evidence for the existence of a phenomenon?
But, I admit: that’s a play of semantics.
And it’s helpful to keep in mind the fact that, even though these researchers didn’t find the evidence, this doesn’t mean that nobody ever suffers from “midlife crisis”. Or from long periods of doubt about where one might wants to go in life, after a specific age, or stage. LifeScience quotes Alexandra Freund, a scientist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland: “There is no specific time in life that predisposes you to crisis.”
With this new insight, the Huffington Post asked the interesting question: Midlife Without The Crisis – Is It Possible?
Freund from the University of Zürich, said it cheesy, but pointedly: “Life is a process, life is everyday. It is all cheesy stuff, but it is true.”
With that, I leave you to the processes of your life.
As Will Champlin sang: “May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.”