Colin Firth joked about his midlife crisis when he picked up his Golden Globe for best actor.
Firth said: “To get to this stage of your life with your dignity and judgment intact can be somewhat precarious. Sometimes all you need is a bit of gentle reassurance to keep you on track but right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson.”
On Twitter women swooned.
Colin Firth's announcement is really a strange coincidence. Because I think I'm having a midlife crisis.
A midlife crisis happens between the ages of 40 and 60. (I am young, but I am gifted.) It was first identified by my good friend psychologist Carl Jung (whose theories also are behind the Myers Briggs Personality Test).
But what happens in a midlife crisis? I googled and found a handy guide online.
*Unhappiness with the lifestyle that had provided happiness for many years.
No. I'm happy with my lifestyle. My unhappiness stems from NOT wanting to change my lifestyle. I want to stay home and continue working on the novel that I won't publish.
*Boredom with people who had interested you before.
Yes. This is normal, right?
*Feeling a need for adventure.
Yes. But I've been feeling a need for adventure since I was nine years old.
*Questioning choices you have made in your life.
Yes. Why do I choose the wrong men? What was I thinking when I decided to be an English major? Why didn't I buy more coffee?
*Confusion about who you are and where you are going.
God, yes. But this is not new. I have always been confused about these things.
*Anger at spouse and feeling tied down.
Yes. I don’t blame Adam for my feeling tied down. Just for a lot of other stuff.
*Unable to make decisions about where you want to go with your life.
Sobbing. This is obviously the new tag line for my blog.
*Desire for a new and passionate intimate relationship.
No. Absolutely not. If I am ever released from my marriage, I don't want to be shackled to a man again. Unless he is very rich, has no family, and is suffering from a terminal illness.
To sum up, nobody has a clue. Psychologists especially have no idea about how to live life or what it all means. Midlife crisis fail.
For more self-help, navel-gazing, and use of a blog for therapy, refer to other articles in this series, such as Am I neurotic?