Midlife crisis? No, Midlife exuberance!

July 20, 2006

My colleague Professor Larry Bernard once told me that he didn’t believe in midlife crises, rather he looked at them as midlife exuberances. I liked that. It put the old “is that all there is?” existential blues into a positive spin. I began to think that we go through these things much more than once. My guess is that the more awake we are, and the more we learn, we can’t help having life re-evaluations from time to time. It doesn’t always mean you leave your wife for an 18 year old, well, but sometimes it does.

My last midlife exuberance just sent me an excellent article on MSNBC. The article encapsulates “The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.” (Basic Books: January PR Rep Jason Brantley) by Dr. Gene Cohen, founding director, Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, George Washington University Medical Center.

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