Carl Jung identified the symptoms of mid-life crisis, even if he didn’t use the term. He saw the natural progression of age and that sometimes we are faced with external/internal angst which causes us to question our very existence.
Everyone has faced some type of emotional trauma during their life time but it seems when we begin to see that we are indeed not immortal those traumas become even more significant.
According to the Wiki:
Many middle aged adults experience major life events that can cause a period of psychological stress or depression, such as the death of a loved one, or a career setback. However, those events could have happened earlier or later in life, making them a “crisis,” but not necessarily a midlife one.
I think it’s all about perspective. We all are going to die one day but it’s how we choose to live which determines quality of life.
For me it’s simply not just about the itch for change but realizing how precious life really is and honoring it by simply living. Change or not…it’s what you find comfortable doing. Me, I want to still get out there and have some adventures…to live with sabor. 🙂