Don’t you think it an interesting phenomenon that people in their 40’s and 50’s often experience a sense of renewed freedom and the desire to make different choices than in their 20’s and 30’s? I find it curious that this common experience has been labeled a “crisis” when it’s in all likelihood a normal part of development. I think the term development gets attributed to childhood transitions but in reality we never truly stop changing, or developing, it’s just a matter of how much we fight it or not. I certainly don’t want to think of my life as stagnant or unchangeable, even though change can be scary and challenging, it’s inevitable and something to embrace with openness and flexibility. Perhaps this gets easier with age, with less concern over what others think, less influence of the ego and all its protections and therefore making it easier to truly express oneself in a manner that feels more authentic than in life-stages past? Moreover, I don’t think people knowingly choose to have a “crisis” and while the newfound freedom and choices that come with it may have a cost, people at this stage in the game are making those decisions based on what they truly want for themselves. Of course, it may be a crisis for those who are left behind but for the individual who decides to live their dreams, happiness will always ensue.