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20/20 Posts of the Week- Midlife Crisis Edition

I think I might be having a mid life crisis. I’ll be 40 on my next birthday. Isn’t that when things like this start to crop up? Ever since we returned from vacation, I have an overwhelming desire to sell most of my possessions, including the house I am sitting in right now, and travel the country in an Airstream trailer.

I know it sounds crazy, and I won’t even consider it now because I wouldn’t take my daughter out of school to become a vagabond, but it will only be 11 years until she is done with high school. That seems like plenty of time to get this plan together!

Jim is still in the eye rolling stage at the moment, but if he can give up satellite TV, he can surely give up a primary residence, right? He loves to see new things as much as I do, and I’m sure I can convince him to hit the road.

I’m hoping by sharing this with the world I will either see how ridiculous it sounds and move on, or it will make me start planning. All of you who have taken a psychology class in your lives, please weigh in and tell me if I am truly having a crisis or if this is a viable plan?

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Mentions

These kind bloggers were nice enough to mention my posts or giveaway this week. You can come with us in the trailer if you want. Let me know if I missed you.

Little Miss Mogul, Evolving Personal Finance, Broke Millennial, and Frugal Rules.

Fun Search Terms

how much money is a small town optometrist worth– I’ve actually never had myself appraised.

how much is emergency room eye– Sorry, they don’t sell eyes at the ER or anywhere else that I know of.

I’m having fake bake tan but have had botox– I’m sure you look lovely.

so this is it now it’s colder can’t take my eyes off you- Sounds like a Neil Diamond song.

20/20 Posts of the Week

Disney Cruise Review and Vacation Money Lessons at The Heavy Purse. I want to go on a Disney Cruise now!

Being a Day Laborer Sucks at Snark Finance. I would have to agree, but maybe I could get Joehondo to come do some work on my house flip. I bet he would at least show up.

10% Blog Income Pledge: Sponsor a Child at Reach Financial Independence. Pauline is going to become the next Oprah.

One Year of Being Credit Card Free at Debt Roundup. Congratulations!

 Super Cheap Hobbies For People on a Budget at Monster Piggy Bank. I don’t know how to surf or play cricket, and I’m scared of most birds, but the others seem fun.

Have a great weekend!

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

21 comments

  1. I’m well on the way in joining you in experiencing a mid-life crisis. I think about mortality al the time as I get older. Gotta seize the day!

    • I hope to do that and make every minute count. It is funny how you start to consider how many good, active years you have left as you get closer to middle age.

  2. My wife & I are 10 years ahead of you and this idea has come up. Not so much the airstream, but an RV. Given that my work is software consulting and I do it from my home, I could probably get away with this. However, my wife is a kindergarten assistant, and that doesn’t lend itself well to constant travel 🙂

    Nothing wrong with dreaming.. and maybe planning for it!

  3. Thanks for the mention, Kim. I appreciate it! I have absolutely seen people retire and sell or rent their home while they travelled around the country in a RV. 🙂 I remember 40 and think whenever you reach a milestone birthday, you always get a bit retrospective.

  4. Looks like a midlife crisis. I got the quarter life crisis a few years back and it was about the same. Just today I was browsing cruiseamerica for RV deals, you can get 95% off for one way deals to bring back the RV somewhere, can be a great adventure! Thanks for the mention.

    • That sounds like something to look into for sure. I think we’d maybe try a summer first to see if we like it, and the whole plan is subject to change for sure.

  5. Hey Kim!
    No crisis here yet but travelling seems like a plan to me. I think as we age we stop wanting or needing things and it might be more about enjoying life to it’s fullest. I don’t know? I’ll let you know once I get there haha! Have a good one mate.

    • I do believe things matter less and less to me as experiences have much more value at this point. I don’t want to be old and gray with lots of stuff but no stories to tell.

  6. I would share my personal experience to deal with your male partner. Who is in midlife crisis

    > Don’t be judgmental – (He waited until his kids were grown so no one could tell him he needed to be safe so he’d be around to raise his kids. I think supporting a midlife guy is best in terms of telling him ‘This is your time now. Do whatever it is you’ve always wanted to, but didn’t have the energy for.)
    > Remain calm – (In all matters, it’s best to stay cool and think things through before lashing out.)
    > Respect his fear – (What fear? Fear he won’t ever become who he thought he would be professionally, fear about his body breaking down, fear about retirement, fear about not retiring because of financial problems.)
    > Pay attention – (Be sure to make your marriage a priority before the kids are gone. The most important thing to do if you believe your husband/partner is having a male midlife crisis is to pay attention to him.)

    • Good tips, but I think I’m the one with the crisis. Actually, I wouldn’t call it a crisis, just a need to find a way to see the world before I get too old to do the things I like to do.

  7. My husband likes the idea of living in a trailer too. He would want a very fancy one with all mod cons though! I have promised him that we can rent one for a holiday and see how we get on and then see whether he still likes the idea. Maybe you should try the same thing?

    • I think we would certainly do that. I don’t have to have the most modern trailer, but I do need a shower, comfortable bed, and somewhat functional kitchen. We have a little pop up that we use quite a bit for weekend trips, but I certainly couldn’t live full time in there.

  8. Yes for me the 40s have been about examining what I’ve done in the past, and trying to make things better. I guess you start to become more aware of, ahem, “limited time” so you want to make the best use of it.

  9. Nice! Happy Birthday to Eyes On The Dollar!

  10. If you decide to travel the country in a trailer you have made the right choice by selecting an airstreem. I just love the look and slick retro style of them.

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