Midlife crisis - Bela Lugosi's Dead, Jim
Suddenly you have a midlife crisis! You:
travel round the world in a VW Camper
buy a 1970 Pontiac Firebird
sell house, buy yurt
acquire an inappropriately young partner
take up functional programming
go into politics
buy a house on a flood plain
betray your country
buy a large inflatable penguin
rent an allotment
run the Spartathlon
Tags: nonsense, polls
|Date:||October 11th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)|| |
[x] buy a house
|Date:||October 11th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)|| |
[x] stop renting an allotment
[x] contemplate a career change
Like lots of geeks, I thought, "oh, founding a cult would be cool!" But actually it really sucks -- cf. scientology. After all, I find it incredibly difficult to follow normal levels of social protocol and politeness without feeling fake, how could I bear to say things and let people naively believe them without screaming "think for yourself, I don't know any better than you"...?
Yes! We're all individuals!
But I made a resolution that if I ever couldn't cope with my life any more, I could run away and live hand-to-mouth somewhere _without_ any death being involved, and it would always be better.
|Date:||October 12th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)|| |
Take up functional programming?
|Date:||October 12th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)|| |
Seems to be a popular choice, doesn't it?
Tried Haskell last year, but actually I get on a lot better with philosophy.
Quit job: Check.
Go back to uni: Check.
Sell house: Check. (Well, nearly!)
Leave country: Check. (Next week, ish)
Change 'career': Check.
Mid-life crisis it is, then...
[x] Maintain denial, reasoning that if you never have a mid-life crisis, you never reach the middle of your life, so achieve immorality.
[x] Begin to mope more firmly about all the books you've never written, places you've never been, music you've never composed, etc.
[x] Aspire to a legacy and realise why some people see having kids as the simplest solution.
[x] Start feeling less confident about leading your life and trusting the right special someone or some people will turn up, start fretting a bit about dying lonely.
Not that I actually worry overmuch about any of this day to day, you understand. Just when some git posts an LJ poll about it. :-p
I have insured myself against midlife crisis by only ticking items I cannot possibly achieve.
|Date:||October 14th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)|| |
[x] 1st sentence, paragraph 2
I'm trying to work out how many of those I've already done. Depends on how large the inflatable penguin has to be, and how inappropriately young the partner. (And I so would buy a house on a flood plain if it was on stilts.)