How Much Time Do You Have Left?

I’ve lived in the same county in California for over 20 years, and I suddenly realized this year that I probably won’t be here another 20. Not only that, but I’ll be 50 in a few short years, so I probably won’t be on the planet for another 50 either.

So, at the beginning of the summer, I bought a beautiful new bicycle, and began biking again – something I hadn’t done much of since college. My daughter and I enjoyed the weekends and the longer daylight hours. We biked to destinations: the bike shop, a friend’s house, Toys R Us, the ice cream shop. Good fun.

Now, at the end of summer, I found another way to enjoy the outdoors: geocaching. I went on a short hike with an old high school friend in the North Carolina mountains. The search for the cache gave the scenic walk an extra sense of purpose. Once home in California, I did a little research and downloaded a geocaching app to my phone. The whole family went out together to find a local geocache. It was fun.

Perhaps this is what mid-life crises are all about: you wake up one morning and realize that you’re not here forever, so you do something new, something different, something fun. I already have a fast car. I don’t need an upgraded spouse, either. But finding new ways to spend time with my family and enjoy this beautiful location, location, location? That’s a mid-life crisis worth having.

How much time do you have left? Is it time for your mid-life crisis?

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