My Daughter Thinks I Am Having A Mid-Life Crisis

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The other day I told Lily that I was going to yoga class. She looked at me and said “Mom, are you having a mid-life crisis?”.

My first response was laughter.  Then I asked her why she thought that. Her response was “All of a sudden you are writing a blog and doing yoga – it seems like you’re having a mid-life crisis.” and then she said “What is a mid-life crisis anyway?” while also adding, “By the way, some of my friends told me they love reading your blog!”.

So many thoughts ran through my head that I didn’t know what to say. But first I had to stop laughing.

First of all, I absolutely love that her friends are reading my blog – and that they like it!  I’m so glad that I am not embarrassing her or Amanda. There is nothing worse than an embarassing mother. I am happy that I am not Beverly Goldberg.

Now to the mid-life crisis comment. I think it’s funny that she thinks I’m having one but isn’t sure what one is.

I googled the definition – “an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age”.

Hmmmm I don’t think that’s me but who knows? I think I’m pretty self confident, but I’m definitely not any less so than I used to be. My age has not changed my confidence at all.  Emotional crisis?  I had plenty of emotional crises in the past few years – I do not think I am having one at the moment.  So I do not believe I fit the actual definition.

The minute she used the term “mid-life crisis”, all I could imagine was a middle aged man with a bad toupe driving around in an expensive sports car that he probably can’t afford, trying to pick up 25 year old women. In my mind he is wearing a leisure suit and gold chains so I guess my mind is stuck in the 70’s!

Well that is certainly not me. Lily pointed to two things – yoga and my blog. She is correct, they are both very new things in my life that were not there a few months ago.  The yoga is extremely new – I still don’t know if it will become “my thing” or if I will even stick with it (I’m hoping to but who knows).  This blog was truly an impulse.  I thought about doing it one day and 24 hours later had it set up and wrote my first blog post. It turns out I really enjoy doing it.

Both of these things I would consider out of my comfort zone.

I have never ever written before, although it sometimes has been in the back of my mind to write a book about my crazy life. And the yoga is actually extremely out of my comfort zone. I can barely walk in a straight line without falling.

I turned 50 and tried two brand new things. So maybe it is a bit of a mid-life crisis – but if it is it’s a good one. Better than doing drugs or taking off to live on an island somewhere by myself (believe me – I have considered the island more than a few times!).

Then again, there is a good chance I would never have done either of these things if Howie was still alive. I often wonder what he would think of all this. So maybe it’s not a mid-life crisis – but more of a mid-widow crisis :).


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