‘Just knowing this is normal is a relief’

I can’t resist sharing this email from Caroline M. Partly because it is a nice compliment. What author could resist? Mostly, though, because it illustrates one of my book’s most important messages: knowledge is power.

If you or someone close to you experiences a midlife emotional slump, you can take steps to alleviate it (see Chapter 8), but chances are you will still have to wait it out. What is especially helpful is to understand that there is nothing wrong with you. In fact, there’s something right with you. Understanding this can go a long way toward preventing the alarm and pessimism which make the whole situation much worse and can spiral into a genuine crisis. That’s why I hope someday (soon!) midlife slump will be widely recognized and accepted as normal, natural, and healthy. Millions of people will benefit.

Here’s Caroline’s wonderful email:

Just wanted to write to say that I loved your book. It explained SO MUCH about my 40s. Great life, well in excess of what I ever dreamed of, happy marriage and family, but an unrelenting restlessness that I for the life of me couldn’t understand. Just knowing that this is a normal transition and I don’t have to radically retool my life is a relief. I have always been a happy person and I was starting to think that I would forever be less happy. Any way, thank you so much for the book. I am happier now for having read it and knowing that the transition is temporary.

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