I treated myself to a copy of this month’s #GQ magazine (Feb’10) to see how the other half live! Whilst reading through pages and pages of must buys – shirts for only £150!? And suits for as little as £1400!?! I came across an interesting article written by #Tony Parson (page 68) entitled: ‘The midlife crisis is a myth.’
The narrative centres on the ‘midlife crisis’ is as clichéd as the men it mocks. Mastering maturity means casting aside the baggage of youth, focusing on the things that matter – and keeping your dreams alive – giving yourself me time. That’s called – for once in your life – doing something exactly what you feel like doing.
I read the article with interest and agree with Tony Parson’s view. But it did get me thinking though. When it comes to me having a midlife crisis will I be able to afford one?
The country is in a mess, which the economists are proclaiming from their gold-plated desks will take a long-time to balance their books…sorry, the country’s books. Since December 2008 – yep, you read it correctly, 2008… the year I was made redundant, I’ve been trying to keep the wolves from the door the best I can. This period of my life has shown me that I am very, very creative when it comes to public relations and marketing fulfilment, or as I prefer to call it: brand architecture, to support other peoples’ business dreams and needs. Yet, this period of time has also shown me that I’m terrible at establishing my own – Richard Branson I’m not. It’s worth noting when I was starting out in life I proclaimed to the world that “I Jason Kelly, will become the next #Richard Branson!
So, as the world seems to pass me by and with four beautiful young children to parent I’ve started to consider the future – my future and theirs. University fees, marriages – I have three girls – help with those little financial situations. With all this to look forward to could I really afford the pleasure of a midlife crisis? When I hit 50 will I be able to change the Seat Alhambra (7-seater people carrier – I would like to state it has a turbo injection engine :) for a Harley-Davidson, or a 2-seater sporty number?
I do have a plan ‘A’ and a plan ‘B’. Plan A would be to land that perfect position within an established agency. Plan B would be to set up my own brand architectural agency – the best creative agency in the UK no less – in the event that dream job doesn’t materialise. Like Tony states in his article: “Keeping your dreams alive.”
If I was as good as creating a brand identity for #Jason Kelly, as I am for other businesses and organisations then the Alhambra (with the turbo injection engine) would be parked next to my Harley-Davidson, and my Bentley!
For now however, I need to consider how undignified I will enter the ‘mature generation.’ Yep, this year I hit the big ‘40’ – March 29th in case anyone fancied starting a collection to help me fund my midlife crisis!