The Midlife Women’s Awakening
Mar 26, 2023
It’s a common societal trope that when women reach their forties, they are bound to have a midlife crisis. You’ve probably seen the countless movies, TV shows, and books that center around a woman who suddenly feels lost and dissatisfied with her life, and sets out to find herself. However, the truth is that the so-called “midlife crisis” for women is not a crisis at all. Rather, it is a point in their lives when they finally figure out who they are, and what they have been putting up with for years, resulting in a newfound sense of clarity and happiness.
For far too long, women have been expected to conform to societal expectations of what it means to be a woman. From a young age, they are told to be pretty, polite, and accommodating. They are told that their worth is directly tied to their appearance and their ability to please others. These expectations often carry into adulthood, leaving women feeling trapped in a cycle of people-pleasing and self-doubt. However, as women reach midlife, they begin to see through these societal expectations and start to prioritize their own needs and desires.
As a result, women in their forties and fifties often make significant changes in their lives. They may leave unfulfilling careers, end toxic relationships, or pursue passions that they have long ignored. They may start to care less about what others think of them and focus more on what brings them joy and fulfillment. These changes are not a crisis, but rather a healthy response to years of societal pressure to conform to expectations that never truly served them.
Unfortunately, this newfound sense of clarity and happiness is often dismissed as a midlife crisis by society. This label implies that women are going through a temporary phase and that their feelings and decisions are not to be taken seriously. This dismissive attitude is not only harmful but also inaccurate. Women in midlife are not having a crisis - they are simply waking up to the fact that they have been putting up with bullshit expectations for far too long, and it's time to prioritize their own happiness.
In conclusion, the idea of a midlife crisis for women is a harmful and inaccurate societal construct. Women in midlife are not going through a crisis, but rather a period of self-discovery and growth. They are shedding the expectations that have held them back for years and embracing a newfound sense of clarity and happiness. It's time for society to stop dismissing this important period in women's lives and start celebrating it for what it truly is - a time of liberation and empowerment.