“Ever heard of the phrase ‘midlife crisis?” Janet Maslin
Well, I think a lot of people think about a man having a midlife crisis and it’s more accepted that a man will go through a time of questioning or exploring. Less talked about is what women experience.
The mid-life crisis hits men harder than women.Sonia Johnson
Going through a midlife crisis, you won’t necessarily recognize it at face value. However, when you see someone else, say a friend or family member go through one, you’ll see it clear as day! 😉 In fact, some people even deny a mid-life crisis type thing even exists. Others dislike the concept
I don’t like the term mid-life crisis.
Around midlife, we begin to think of how precious and fleeting life is. I desperately want to seize the day, the moment, the minute! I hate wasting time unless my goal is to waste time!
My habit is to write life quotes down in my planner when I come across them. However, when I hit middle age, like many women, I had a bit of an identity crisis. Looking back it’s easy to see, but in the thick of it, I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.
Not surprisingly the average self-help product consumer is a middle-aged woman.
Now at 50, I am looking forward to old age, but I’m not rushing it! I’m still getting to know myself now that I’ve stopped trying to live up to the expectations of others. Still driving fast cars and still feel about twenty-something in my head.
One thing that is definitely different after midlife is that I don’t want to waste time on things that don’t matter.
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Inspirational Quotes for Midlife Crisis
“You are not getting older, you are gathering speed, and power, and wisdom. It is an honor and a privilege to be here.” Jann Arden
“Women grow radical with age. One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth.” Gloria Steinem
“Midlife: when the Universe grabs your shoulders and tells you “I’m not f-ing around, use the gifts you were given.” Brene Brown
“Midlife is the time to let go of an overdominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence.” C.G. Jung.
“We are always the same age inside.” Gertrude Stein
“Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.” Jane Brody
Midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around.Brene Brown
“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie
The cool thing about midlife is that, unless they die young, everyone goes through it!
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.Keanu Reeves
“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.” Carl Jung
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Elliot
“I’ve been having a midlife crisis since I was 4.” Moby
“I’m not getting older, I’m just becoming a classic.” Sukhraj Dhillon
“You know, let a few years go by until I hit my midlife crisis. Then that can be documented on film.” Claire Danes
“I had kind of a midlife crisis at twenty which probably doesn’t augur well for my longevity.” David Foster Wallace
“It’s kind of like a midlife crisis kind of thing. When you turn 40, you have to run the marathon, while all the parts still work properly.” Joe Bastianich
“I say I have a midlife crisis every time I start and finish a record.” Mika
“The Hollywood Foreign Press have just given me a time out from my 20-year midlife crisis. My heartfelt thanks to them.” Colin Firth
“My generation is having its midlife crisis in its 20s.” Edward Norton
“You really must stop acting Like a 20-year-old, gold plated In a midlife crisis You just graduated Happy 60th.” John Walter Bratton
“So I’m just saying, 30 years from now you’re going to have a different outlook. That’s what a midlife crisis is. I‘m drawn to people that have tasks to do.” Kelly Reichardt
Funny Quotes About Midlife
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain
“If You Live Your Life All Out Today, Not Only Is It Fun, But You Are Preventing A Midlife Crisis.” Daphne Oz
“Don’t think of them as hot flashes. Think of them as your inner child playing with matches.”
“Don’t let aging get you down, it’s too hard to get back up.” John Wagner
“I remember being able to get up without sound effects. Good Times!”
“We’re adults? When did that happen? How do we make it stop?”
“You know you’re getting older when the candles on your cake don’t fit anymore.” Bob Hope
“Good news! I found my sanity. It was laying right next to my midlife crisis.”
“Don’t get all weird about aging. It’s just the number of years the world has been enjoying us.”
“I’ve decided I’m not old. I’m 25 years plus shipping and handling.”
“Young at heart, slightly older in other places.”
“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to lie your laces and you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.” George Burns.
Motivational Quotes for Midlife
I would say I’ve done my best work at age 50 and I am enjoying my new sense of identity. These mid-life crisis quotes will motivate you.
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” Paulo Coelho
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Samuel Ullman
“Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.”
“Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone.” Brene Brown
If we realize that the assumptions by which the person has lived his or her life are collapsing, that the assembled strategies of the provisional personality are decompensating, that a world-view is falling apart, than the thrashing about is understandable. In fact, one might even conclude that there is no such thing as a crazy act if one understands the emotional context. Emotions are not chosen they choose us and have a logic of their own.James Hollis
I think a midlife crisis is just a point where people’s careers have reached some plateau and they have to reflect on their personal relationships. We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. Bill Murray
Quotes about Menopause
If you hit menopause while you have teenage daughters you may be in for a bit more of a challenge. As a mom of four daughters, I can relate.
She blossoms; my flower is fading. She looks forward to a life full of nothing but promise; I look back with the inevitable disappointments of middle age. She wants Radio 1 on in the car; I have developed a chilling preference for Radio 2. She bounds up the stairs with ease, wants to wallow in her new sexuality and go out dancing all night. I am beginning to creak with aching joints as the oestrogen plummets. Most nights, I am so knackered that my new best thing is going to bed.Kate Figes, The Guardain
“The older I get, the more I see how women are described as having gone mad – when what they’ve actually become is knowledgeable and powerful, and really f***ing furious.” Sophie Heawood
“The first indication of menopause is a broken thermostat. It’s either that or your weight. In any case, if you don’t do something, you could be dead by August. God, middle-age is an unending insult.” Dorothea Benton Frank
“We haven’t slept in years. This is an advantage of menopause. Some nights, we meet for coffee at 4:00 a.m.” Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife
I often wonder if the midlife crisis is stronger in people who grew up too fast. Maybe the crisis is having the fun they missed out on in their young adult life? Honestly, would you go back to your 20s or 30s if you could?
“I wouldn’t go back on my old days, though; everybody needs to have their wild years. It’s just a question of when and I’d rather have had them early than be doing it as a mid-life crisis type thing.”
— Rob Lowe
Like many women, I’ve learned to embrace midlife because there’s no going back.