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Old 06-05-2014, 10:19 AM
Location: Moscow
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Mine came a bit early, when I had a major health issue at 32, with a one year old kid to take care of. Caused me to re-assess my life. Over the course of the next few years I ended up changing jobs to something lower stress, and focusing more on family and life enjoyment. I also started to learn about finance. Initially this was so I could make sure my family was as secure as possible if I was not able to work, or worse. This has morphed into planning for an intentional early retirement as things have evened out health wise.

I'm much happier now!
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:07 AM
Location: Up North in God's Country
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When I hit 50, I hit menopause. Well, some of you know what that's like. Anyway, I was teaching at the time...putting in probably 60 hours a week, as I was the Director of the program. I decided "All I want is a room somewhere. Far away from the cold night air. With one enormous chair. Oh, wouldn't it be loverly? Lots of chocolate for me to eat...."

So I quit the education field and went back to clinical practice in nursing...regular hours as I was working in a clinic. I adopted a "don't mess with me" personality after having been rather meek until then.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:10 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I seem to be having one every 5 years, I am not sure if can call it a crisis but usually it ends up selling a house and buying a new one or moving to a different part of the country. Been fun till the last move, just can't keep up with the work involving moving and the headaches of it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:10 AM
Location: UpstateNY
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46, lost fifty pounds and decided life is too short to not be a hottie, threw out the crappy clothes and shoes and traded up for quality, no more bargain brands. I still shop the clearance racks, but only for my select brands.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:38 AM
Location: Chicago area
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I'll let you know about my mid life crises as soon as the inner child is not fully in control and allows me to have one.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:37 PM
Location: Columbia SC
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Professional mid life crisis.

In my early 40's (1985ish), myself and 3 others (professional and social friends) in the high tech business (all in sales and marketing) realized we were becoming dinosaurs. One incident two of us shared was a 28 year old, newly minted MBA telling several of us how things should be done. Two of us said we have seen the future of this business and it is not us.

Within 3 years, 4 of us were out of the business. Two of us bought small businesses. One bought a quick print type franchise. One stayed in sales but in an entirely different field.

Side story on the MBAer. She had been a 4th grade teacher when she decided to get an MBA. She said she had 3 offers out of graduate school. One from Gillette marketing female shaving products. One from Hanes marketing women's underwear and one from a computer company marketing computer systems. She thought the computer business would be fun and interesting.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:52 PM
Location: SoCal desert
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Late 30's with the biological clock ticking.

I never (ever!) wanted kids, but that darn clock was really LOUD.

So I started hosting exchange students. Did it for 10 years, over 30 girls from 1 week to 10 months. Best Christmas I ever had included girls from Germany, Japan, and Mauritius Island.

And the clock shut up
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:34 PM
Location: Fairfield, CT
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My midlife crisis consisted of not being able to cope with my job.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:08 PM
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Mine came about when my dad retired and sold the family house. He was a small town doctor and was well loved in our town. It made me feel very depressed about my own career which seemed pretty unimportant in comparison. It also made me feel very rootless, like i had no real home. I didn't do anything crazy but it made me feel pretty bad and i still don't feel very good about my own life.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:50 AM
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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Originally Posted by danielj72 View Post
I am in my earlyish 40s, so I am due for my midlife crises. I told my wife I would forgo the 22 year old girlfriend if she doesn't complain about the sports car, actually I want a muscle car. I guess I need to take up some kind of crazy sport to prove I am not too old yet too. Rock climbing???? bungee jumping??? What should it be LOL.
Sword swallowing?
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