Am I having a mid-life crisis or a healthy Halftime transition?
At the turn of last century life expectancy just under 50.
Now 50 is just halfway through our adult years.
When we look back
on this era from 100 years out with the perspective history
affords, this age will be known not for the internet or
biotechnology but for the first time in history we have
options of what to do in the second-half of life and were
unprepared for it.
- Peter Drucker
Previous generations no options and at 50 only downward mobility. Thus for the first time in history an intentional look at mid-life makes sense for an entire adult generation.
What divides the mid-life crisis from a successful halftime?
|Mid-life Crisis||Successful Halftime|
| A fear of aging|| Looks forward to the future|
| Narrowing of our interests|| An expanding of interests - a renaissance|
| Fatigue and depression|| Filled with anticipation|
| Reactive and responsive|| Thinking strategically about the future|
| Closed withdrawn from others|| Open and engaged with people|
| Rebellion against others setting an agenda || Setting our own agenda in the presence of God
| Security a high value|| Realizes security is a myth|
| Not just for the rich|| Most go through the stage of middlescence|
| Not just a male phenomenon|| A generational issue|
| Not about leaving job or selling out|| For some it means scaling back|
Finding significance in your second half will cause you to ...
- discover the primary reasons for your existence.
- wake up in the morning with great anticipation of the day ahead.