It’s fabulous to reach 40, just don’t try to become a pop star, says expert
LONDON: Life really can begin at 40, with improvements in healthcare, education and life expectancy making the mid-life crisis a thing of the past. Psychologist Dr Carlo Strenger says: “As people start living longer and fuller lives, we have to... start thinking in terms of mid-life transition rather than mid-life crisis.
“If you make fruitful use of what you have discovered about yourself in the first half of your life, the second half can be the most fulfilling.”
Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Strenger said most people have married, bought a home and chosen a career by age 30, and with those difficult decisions behind them they could start enjoying life – and learning from their mistakes.
Strenger, of Israel’s Tel Aviv University, said older people were much better equipped to tackle life’s difficulties, while “the notion that possibilities slip away with age is based on a false premise”.
“The young do not have endless possibilities – that is an illusion created by our limited knowledge of ourselves and the world when we are young.
“Early on, we make decisions on the basis of scant evidence of our true abilities; after all, in our late teens and early 20s we know little about what we are good at and what we enjoy.
“The illusion of freedom of youth is also based on a retroactive idealisation – we forget the pressures we faced.“
However, those tempted to throw up their office job to try to become a pop star should note that radical reinventions are doomed to fail, Strenger warned. – Daily Mail