We’ve all played housie or Bingo. It’s a number game. I’m intrigued by two numbers on the ticket – because of what the announcer without fail repeats when he comes to those numbers.
He says Eyes down for your next number - Men get naughty at four O, forty he announces and I quietly tick the number on my ticket, I feel al tingly inside!.
Your next number, halfway home five zero, Fifty. Man! It gives me pause – man o pause. In the space of a decade, I have gone from naughty to dotty!
I’m the type of guy who likes to get on with life rather than pause so I wondered if I am going thru a midlife crisis - the numbers were just about right, but what about the rest? Now, come to think of it, there were warning signs –
My symptoms suggest to me I have a full-blown midlife crisis. “A person often makes an impulsive decision uncharacteristically or changes their lifestyle dramatically,” says Sheila K. Collins, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of Stillpoint: The Dance of Self-Caring and Self-Healing. Did I do that, I asked myself, and the answer is yes. Back in 2012, joining toastmasters was an uncharacteristic and impulsive decision that changed my lifestyle….totally.
It’s time to pause, fast forward, and play! And everyone is encouraging me do that, including you, except my children – they want me to pause… which I’ve already done, rewind and play. I laugh it off but stay positive as my research shows that midlife unhappiness patterns have a “U-shaped curve” with a very clear low period during midlife. So if I make it through this rough period, according to the study, by the time I turn 70, I’ll experience the happiness and mental health of a 20-year old! Wow, that’s something to live for – and Ill be looking for older women all over again!
I can see, that you are absorbing my life's lessons well. Not sure how many have paused. But if you have, just fast forward and play!
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