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Katie van Schaijik

Midlife care for the soul

Apr. 12, 2010, at 10:55am

I read an article in the Daily Mail today, which I won’t link directly, because of the surrounding sleaze.  It was about mid-life crises—how common they are and how they can be an essential turning point.  (According to the article, the term ‘midlife crisis’ was coined by Canadian Elliott Jaques to describe dramatic self-doubt in the middle age of life.)
I liked its conclusion.

Previously, she had always been manically busy - with work and motherhood. She had no time to think things over. Then, all of a sudden, with no job and an empty nest, she had nothing but days and nights of endless unfilled time.

‘And what was I so afraid of?’ she asks. ‘Being alone with myself long enough

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