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Midlife Crisis Culture When I was 25 a male friend of mine was 39 rapidly approaching 40 and he was suffering a midlife crisis At the age of 25 I had no concept of the meaning of midlife crisis and I remember him thrusting the book Passages Sheehy 19 at me and he said it would explain it all I read the book and at the time I thought scathingly what a load of nonsense A good excuse to wallow around in self pity However when I reached the same age and experienced my own midlife crisis I grabbed Passages Sheehy 19 hoping that this time it might provide me with some answers However what I discovered were theories about midlife crisis written in the 1970s which were mostly outdated in the 1990s The main explanations for experiencing a midlife crisis for women were associated with the ageing body the empty nest syndrome and being unable to cope after desertion of husbands Sheehy 19 Turner Helms 197 Sheehy called this the Deadline Decade for 35 - 45 year olds The ageing body seems to occupy a lot of the material written about womens midlife crisis However this is not something that I believe that I dwelt on Yes at times I feel a more tired than I used no I do not go out drinking and socialising several times a week and yes I do feel a few aches and pains that I did not have before But it did not depress me and my drastic actions were not a last ditch effort at recapturing my youth Orenstein talks about women feeling invisible as their beauty and youth slip away However I find this concept very shallow Perhaps not being a great beauty myself I feel fortunate that I have not experienced this insecurity The ageing body
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