Midlife crisis is inevitable, right? To quote Gershwin, “it ain’t necessarily so.” What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “midlife?” I asked that on Facebook the other day, and at thirty-three replies and counting, got way more responses than the cutest bunny video I’ve ever posted. (Bunny Elphaba is not happy about this, but I am.) Six people said “midlife” evokes “crisis,” although three qualified their responses as influenced by cultural brainwashing. Other responses – second chances, second act, relief, gratitude, self-determination and wisdom – confirm my assertion that I’m connected to some of the most well-adjusted and enlightened folks on social media. Four people said, “freedom,” which puts it in either first or second place, depending on whether I count the “crisis, because of brainwashing” replies. Approximately 10% of the respondents in my totally informal, non-scientific, would never pass peer review inquiry equated “midlife”. . . .Read more . . .