Not sure what a mid-Life crisis is. I've been in a mid-life crisis all of my life. Still playing R&R at 56 and working on music that 20 somethings like. You can see what I mean, Go to www.musicbuilder.com/calculated X I can't stop now, I've tried several times and it doesn't work. Besides, 56 is the new 36. I just forget stuff sometimes and that can't always be a bad thing. I think.....
It's amazing to me how an employer can suck the life out of you. I know I left several decent paying gigs because someone wanted to own my life,time etc. I've always been much happier doing my own thing and making it on what I earn.
I agree... find work you love, job satisfaction goes a long way. I could be paid better if I went to a different company, but having already worked for them I know exactly how I would be treated, and the extra few bucks an hour just isn't worth it. I don't get paid what I'm worth, but I'm a valued member of our team, and believe me, that has kept me going through some really bad financial times!
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Two years ago I did the longest duration, self- supported trip of my life...so far. 52 yrs old at the time and a 25 day trip wandering the Beartooth's, 17 days straight of xc hiking. I'm looking forward to a longer trip in the Wind's, my favorite Range.
I've been self-employed for the past 25 yrs and I felt it was finally time to use the perks of not having to see how much vacation time I had accrued.
At age 40 for fathers day. I bought a Harley. Year later I bought a mini pop up camper to pull behind it. Wife and I love it. About 3 years later I took wife and kids back to Great Smokey Mtns Nat. Park. I had not been there since 1981. I spent two Chrismas vacations backpacking there with my Dad in High School. I hiked almost every day myself this trip, up to 12 miles a day. June 28, 2008 Dad and best friend next to my wife passed away! March 2010 Im returning to GSNP in Memory! I am backpacking again for 4 days. Anybody that would like to join in? I would be honored. I know Dad will be along for the hike!
Tom don't waste any more time! Get out there on the trail with women and see who you can hike with. Even a strenuous day hike is a great testing ground for getting along. I took my wife in the canoe and she was so well-balanced that I knew instinctively she was going to be with me on the trip. She also proved to be a keen backpacker although scared of bears, heights, and cold nights. It is what a partner will do despite her fears or dislikes that proves their quality.
Luckily for men, it is never too late to start a family! Just remember, it isn't always who you think looks perfect who will end up staying the course.
Listen to the trees in the wind
WOW !!! That sounds like it would be a great trip. I have spent many days in the SMNP and it's a great place to be. we are going up there in the middle of November and plan to spend three or four days some where up near Clingman's Dome or just north of there. I also did some camping near Cade's Cove in the early seventies but that area has really changed since then. I don't know if you can even hike up there any more. That's back when every one carries 60 lb. packs and could do nothing but sleep once you got to where you could because you were so darn tired from carrying such a heavy load. Although we were a lot younger then, the load still took it's toll after a few miles walking...sabre11004...
The first step that you take will be one of those that get you there 1!!!!!
To TomM,it is never too late!if u have been mulling over the subject for a while maybe it"s time to settle down and start a family,besides u are only 46 thats not old in my book.I restarted my life over with my significate other at 40 and 15 years later we are still together and enjoy each others company.But the only differance is we did"nt want to have any more kids,besides she was"nt able to do so anymore anyways.But I hope if u start searching or if u allready have someone in mind the key to a good relationship is communication,honestyand comittment GOOD LUCK..............MYD.
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