You can make a career change yourself, or have it thrust upon you. Either way it can be scary.
When you’re in your 40s or 50s, leaving a job you’ve had for years makes you feel the way a snail would feel about having its shell removed – it may have weighed you down and slowed your progress, but losing it hurt you a lot, and now you’re unprotected and on your own against the world. And a slug.
For most of us middle-aged couch potatoes, changing to healthy lifestyles seems about as possible as making our first million.
We’ve had these bad habits a long time, and we’re rather fond of them. The thought of eating healthily and taking regular exercise doesn’t inspire us to put on our jogging shoes and grab a lettuce – it makes us want to hide under the bed with a plate of chips.
When we were younger, it didn’t seem to matter that much. We could always start a fitness campaign tomorrow. But now we’re middle-aged, we keep seeing news items of people who’ve died of heart disease at the age we’re at now, and we’re starting to panic that we’ve left it too late. Our drinking and smoking habits have crept up over the years, and it’s costing us a fortune to feel this lousy in the mornings.
It’s our own fault. We Baby Boomers are the large generation born in the Baby Boom, from just after World War II until the early 1960s. We obeyed our parents,... Read More
For the middle-aged technophobe, exploring new technology sounds about as appealing as kissing a great white shark.
In fact, the introduction of new computers or hi-tech machinery in the workplace can be a major contributory factor to a midlife crisis. Suddenly we’re stressed and unable to cope – we’ve been turned overnight into stupid old fossils who should make way for the younger generation.
We use mobile phones but we never figured out how to download those app thingies off the internet, and we don’t know what all those buttons on the TV remote control are for (does anyone?) We have DVD players but, to be honest, we preferred videos.
We may be the last generation of technophobes, but we will become the first generation of computer-savvy oldies. Sure, we may not be able to explain the difference between an iPod and a Blackberry (or an iPod and the cardboard box it came in) but we’re getting to grips with the new technology, once our kids have set it up for us.