Top 10 Midlife Crisis Misconceptions

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6. You’re the #1 failure among your peers

The roots of this misconception reside in the fact that at this point in life you come to realize you did not manage to fulfill your dreams. However, in reality people are not that concerned with this aspect and are perfectly adaptable. Add the economic situation in the equation and you will recognize that few people have the job that they always dreamed about these days. As a side note, the myth represents yet another false Hollywood idea which is stereotypical for scenes of high school reunions.


7. Women develop an instinctive urge to get plastic surgery

While everyone likes to look their best, it does not automatically mean that all people growing old feel the impulse to undergo cosmetic surgery to remove the aging signs. In fact, most of us accept them and are even proud of their grey hair and fine lines, which they perceive as a sign of wits and wisdom. Moreover, because the aging signs appear gradually, it makes it easier for people to get accustomed to them over time.


8. People in their 40s don’t find physical activity enjoyable

The myth goes that during midlife people are starting to realize the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. However, nobody seems to enjoy it. Moreover, they are starting to experience high stress levels due to the necessity of taking on regular physical activities. Nothing can be further from the truth and there is even medical evidence to contradict this false principle: exercising is one of the most efficient ways to relief stress.


9. Trying to find the meaning of life

According to this misconception, people confronting with midlife crisis develop a strong desire to discover life’s great mystery as well as the answers to the eternal questions. On the other hand, it is necessary to mention that people evolve on a regular basis and constantly change ideas, insights, values and beliefs. At the same time, the need to discover the meaning to your life does not necessarily have to happen when you are going through the midlife crisis; based on each individual’s personal experience it can strike at any time.


10. Quit your daily job and pursue the career you always wanted

The problem with this misconception is that most of us wish it were true. Just quit that stressful job and move on a tropic island to start your own business, how cool would that be? Yes, that would be nice. However, let’s be honest here, not many people in their 40s can leave everything behind and start fresh in their own tropical paradise. Regardless of whether it is because of the kids, old parents who need their help, friends who have always been by their side, a well paid job, work related incentives or financial reasons, most people have a strong reason that keeps them in their current location.


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