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Is there a real difference between having a "midlife crisis" and pursuing items on a "bucket list"?


A 50 year old man who buys a Corvette is often accused of having a "midlife crisis". However in all honesty this may have been a dream of his since childhood and when he was a "young man" he simply couldn't afford a $54k car! Is the so called "midlife crisis" really just society's way of putting an "expiration date stamp" on people's dreams? After a certain age is pursuing items on a "bucket list" a sign that one is going through a "midlife crisis? Should it be up to the "dreamer" to decide when it's time to give up their dreams?

 

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Dr Billy Kidd says

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    Recognizing that time waits for no one is what I call a "midlife awakening"! :)

    "Youth is wasted on the young" - George Bernard Shaw.

    Dr Billy Kidd you sound like a goal oriented person. If you had a "bucket list" you'd complete it ahead of time!


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Helen Stuart (helenstuart) says

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    "in the case of a bucket list, you are acknowledging and (coming to grips with your mortality), even celebrating it, by (doing things and acquiring things) that will enhance your remaining time." Many would call that a "midlife crisis"! LOL! :)

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    No Corvette for me! :) "Only the purchaser knows if he/she is accomplishing a dream/personal goal" I agree with that statement. Nevertheless others are prone to making "judgment statements". By the way I prefer the term "midlife awakening" :)

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    "I don't think of bucket list items as things that are reality, but rather things that are (out of reach) for the most part." Peeples you could schedule an airplane jump this spring! It's easily within reach! :) Onlookers label actions destructive

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    Sounds like you're saying "perception" is the key difference. Actually the individual never considers him or herself to be in a "midlife crisis". It's always those people who are close to them that say they're in a "crisis".

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    dashingscorpio 2 years ago

    I believe most people hate to see "change". It makes them feel insecure when their loved one decides to do something considered "out of character". The label "midlife crisis" is hurled at them in hopes of getting them to stop going after dreams.