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Midlife crisis - Bela Lugosi's Dead, Jim
October 11th, 2013
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Midlife crisis

Suddenly you have a midlife crisis! You:

travel round the world in a VW Camper
12(9.4%)
buy a 1970 Pontiac Firebird
5(3.9%)
buy a bus
4(3.1%)
sell house, buy yurt
6(4.7%)
found a cult
6(4.7%)
acquire an inappropriately young partner
13(10.2%)
take up functional programming
20(15.6%)
fake own death
5(3.9%)
go into politics
13(10.2%)
buy a house on a flood plain
2(1.6%)
betray your country
5(3.9%)
buy a large inflatable penguin
15(11.7%)
rent an allotment
6(4.7%)
join a band
12(9.4%)
run the Spartathlon
4(3.1%)

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From:mair_aw
Date:October 11th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
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[x] buy a house
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From:aldabra
Date:October 11th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
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[x] stop renting an allotment
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From:crazyscot
Date:October 11th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
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[x] contemplate a career change
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 11th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
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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"...?
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From:gerald_duck
Date:October 12th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC)
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Yes! We're all individuals!
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:October 11th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:nevboo
Date:October 12th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
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Take up functional programming?
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From:ewx
Date:October 12th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
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Seems to be a popular choice, doesn't it?
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From:kjaneway
Date:October 12th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
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Tried Haskell last year, but actually I get on a lot better with philosophy.
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From:kjaneway
Date:October 12th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC)
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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...
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From:gerald_duck
Date:October 12th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
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[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
From:stephdairy
Date:October 12th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
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I have insured myself against midlife crisis by only ticking items I cannot possibly achieve.

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From:sion_a
Date:October 14th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
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[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.)
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