The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage beyond Midlife

The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage beyond Midlife

The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage beyond Midlife

The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage beyond Midlife

Synopsis

Marc Freedman offers a recipe for how we can transform America's coming midlife crisis into an opportunity for individuals and society. Unlike the transition from adolescence to adulthood, managing this process for many is a do-it-yourself project.

Excerpt

I turned fifty and decided to take a break. After twenty-five years of working, it seemed like a good idea. Honestly, I was feeling depleted. I still cared about my career and realized, amid a worsening economic climate, that I was lucky to have one. But that appreciation felt more lodged in my head than my heart.

One day, United Airlines sent me a card, along with some new luggage tags, offering congratulations on having flown 2 million miles. Quick arithmetic translated all those zeroes into the equivalent of flying from one side of the country to the other every single day—Sundays, holidays, birthdays, sick or well— for more than two years. Maybe the card from United should have offered condolences. It all added up to an abiding fatigue. And a question: Did I want to fly 2 million more miles over the next twenty-five years of my life?

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