Midlife

The Chrysalis Era: No Longer Young, Not Yet Old

According to the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research, which surveyed over 30,000 people across 41 countries, we start feeling old at 60 and stop feeling young at 40. This varies globally, with ages ranging from 44 in China to 70 in Italy. But what does this mean for the two liminal decades in between?

The Chrysalis Era: No Longer Young, Not Yet Old

The Midlife Comic Book Superhero.

Imagine discovering superhero powers in your midlife –

The Midlife Comic Book Superhero.

Life Begins @ 50 for Kate Moss…and You!

“Everywhere you look, your contemporaries are reading that James Hollis book, The Middle Passage: from misery to meaning in midlife. You really don’t want to join them – you don’t have time to look for meaning, you can’t even find your keys. It sounds arduous and inconvenient. Unarguably, though, mortality is interesting; time has more consequence when it’s running out. Conflict is dramatic to watch but boring to live; urgency is dramatic to live. You thought you were playing Scrabble, but actually you’re playing Boggle. Which, you have to admit, is the better game.”

Life Begins @ 50 for Kate Moss…and You!

“Hey Kid, Here’s How You Avert a Midlife Crisis”

I'm hopeful that the term "midlife crisis" will become a relic of a different era. A time when we were issued a success script in our teens, and we either embraced or rejected it, and the die was cast for our adulthood.

“Hey Kid, Here’s How You Avert a Midlife Crisis”

MEA’s “Life Begins at 50” Contest.

Our lives are filled with rituals in the first thirty or so years. Baptism. First Holy Communion. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Graduation. Marriage. Bridal shower. Baby shower. These beautiful rituals act as a rest stop for the soul—an opportunity for your community to hold a mirror to you and say, "Hey, you're going through a big transition, and we're here to support you."

MEA’s “Life Begins at 50” Contest.

The 2023 Chippies: The Best Films of the Year with Midlife Themes

Last year, I offered my top 5 films of 2022 (https://bit.ly/48BsBCD), but we hadn’t coined the term “Chippies” yet. This year’s Chippies crop is exclusively focused on films with themes that feel straight out of MEA. This doesn’t mean they’re my favorite films of 2023 as I loved “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “Oppenheimer,” but these are the top 5 with midlife themes. I’ve listed these in my order of preference.

The 2023 Chippies: The Best Films of the Year with Midlife Themes

Why Do Women Experience a “Midlife Collision”?

I appreciated this recent Fast Company article (https://bit.ly/48q5Kd0) on the topic of the “midlife collision,” a time in which there is a significant increase in the proportion of stressors women face today. It’s also called “role overload,” as professional women cope with a complex collision of care (children, siblings, partners, and parents), together with financial, work, and health issues (menopause or otherwise)—all of which have physical, mental, and emotional manifestations. In the MEA world, we call this the “messy middle,” when we’re faced with multiple transitions at once while feeling overwhelmed by how much is expected of us.

Why Do Women Experience a “Midlife Collision”?

“It’s the Age When Nothing Fits.”

In the 1955 classic film “Rebel Without a Cause,” Natalie Wood’s mother utters, “She’ll outgrow it, dear. It’s just the age. It’s the age when nothing fits.”

“It’s the Age When Nothing Fits.”

Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech.

“What’s it like to give a TED Talk?”

Five Tips for Giving a Great Speech.

A Coach Can Be a "Midwife for Midlife."

What first pops into your mind when you hear the word “midlife?” Yep, CRISIS!

A Coach Can Be a "Midwife for Midlife."