A couple of days ago I turned 45 which makes me officially middle-aged.
The Oxford English Dictionary helpfully explains it as:
The period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.Oxford English Dictionary
I remember as a kid thinking that 30 was ancient, although when I reached that milestone I didn’t feel particularly old.
In fact I don’t feel any older than I did this time last year!
So I’ve now got 20 years of being in the middle; somewhere between youth and old age.
Things Could Be About To Change, Maybe?
With the kids being at school and needing me less than they once did, being a stay at home parent isn’t as much a necessity as it once was.
I do often question myself as to whether it’s time to go back to work.
That’s becoming a stronger possibility as we get closer to the year’s end.
Although I had hoped that we could move back to England before I started to look.
That’s looking less likely at this point.
Whatever I do, it’s not going to be something that I can’t get out of at short notice anyway.
I’ve been out of the workplace for a few years and I have no burning ambition to climb the slippery corporate slope again.
Something administrative or finance-based would be perfect as that’s the world I left behind before I became a stay at home dad.
Being officially middle-aged I don’t want to work in an office full of teenagers and twenty-somethings.
From experience I’ve also found the work ethic in Scotland to be somewhat lacking compared to places I’ve worked in England.
I’ll be happy if things have changed over the time I’ve been at home looking after the kids, sure.
But I’m not holding my breath.
Keeping Fit And Healthy
In the last couple of years I’ve been more conscious of my health and the benefits of exercise.
I love running.
Assuming I can stay injury free I’d like to keep training as often as I can.
Going back to work might slow that ambition down a little but I’ll invest in a head torch and run in the evenings if I have to.
It’s important to stay active as you get older in order to keep the weight off and remain fit and healthy.
I don’t want to be on the scrap heap by the time I’m 60.
If I have any cartilage left in my knees by the time I’m 70, I hope I’ll still be out running!
Have You Reached The Heady Heights Of Being Officially Middle-Aged?
Did anything change when you reached that milestone?
Have you embraced reaching middle age and do more exercise and have more hobbies now than you did before it?