I got curious to look up the definition of mid-life crisis….maybe because we (my husband and I) started having doubts that we were going thru one. So let’s see what dictionary.com came up with:
midlife crisis – “a crisis that may be experienced in middle age involving frustration, panic, and feelings of pointlessness, sometimes resulting in radical and often ill-advised changes of lifestyle”
Hmmm looks like we both are!
So, what did we do about it? No, we did not buy an expensive toy and we did not get cosmetic manipulation of any sort.
We simply decided to just be.
Be who we were when we were a child – fearless, curious, adventurous, creative and full of life.
Be who we were before the system took our innocence away, put us in the survival mode so we could be a productive part of the society and a benefit to the same system.
We finally woke up. And decided it is time to leave….leave the comfort of this known to explore the limitless possibilities of the unknown.
Seven months, ten countries, a backpack and the two of us.
Symptoms of frustration, panic and pointlessness – gone!
Radical – maybe.
Ill-advised change of lifestyle – time will tell.
Taking this decision was not easy. The feeling of anxiety and nervousness was natural. But it did not last long. It is not that we are affluent or lucky (few common reactions we got) and we definitely do not have it all figured out! And probably we never will. We are simply trying - to re-evaluate, to simplify, to make sense of it all. We are trading our comforts and security with a lifestyle that is in harmony with what we love.
It is a really small step. But as they say “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!” :o)