Olivia Williams: My Mid(30s) Life Crisis

So when most people think of a bloke having a mid life crisis, they probably think of a frosted tipped, post-Idol Andrew G going through some kind of spiritual metamorphosis on a snow covered mountaintop in Tibet and emerging from the other side as “Osher” [and we all subsequently googled “why did Andrew G change his name”… or maybe that’s just me and my new unhealthy obsession with Andrew G Osher and is anyone else as disturbed as I am about how much I know about his life now?]. ??‍♀️

Or, to use a less ‘I’m-going-to-be-served-a-restraining-order-if-I’m-not-careful’ example, it looks like Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch that one time.

But what does a woman having a mid-life crisis look like? Well I think she looks a bit like this:

Yep. Me. It’s me.

Cos I’m pretty sure I’m in the inelegant throes of a midlife crisis. I mean, can you even have a midlife crisis if you don’t have a life though? ??‍♀️Signs point to yes.

But maybe I should call it a mid-30’s life crisis, because the prospect of 35 being the MIDDLE of my life is fucking terrifying.

I mean, don’t get me wrong I’m not Demi Moore-ing it with Ashton Kutcher or joining Snapchat or anything drastic like that, but I do own a leather jacket now.

I literally still regret not buying this $80 hat.

And there was that one time I went into Rip Curl and tried on one of those hipster felt panama hats and took a photo of myself and posted it to Instagram as though the hat actually belonged to me.

Classic Liv-life crisis.

If I was actually a legitimate Instagram ~influencer [a la all the ex-reality TV contestants with their protein shakes and their teeth whitening sponsorships] I’d definitely be accepting any and all offers of free dermafillers because facial paralysis is scientifically proven to be 87.4% better than laugh lines wrinkles. I did write an entire blog about how I found a grey pube, and then there was that one time I flirted with the 19 year old check out boy at Woollies and afterwards saw another checkout boy mouth to him “ooooooh LUVVAHHHHs” over the conveyor belt and now I have to drive 3km further to get my groceries every week at a different store.

It doesn’t stop there. I got my hair cut off after literal YEARS of scoffing over and flat out refusing the “mum bob”. I ran a half marathon. I travelled interstate to see a band I’d seen in my own state the night before like a desperate road-groupie who may or may not be in love with a Hanson brother.

Running away from my mid thirties

If you don’t get a medal did it really happen?

I bought a newer, cooler car. I got a gym membership [and signed up for a class called Bootybarre FFS]. I applied for a reality TV show [and, somewhat alarmingly for my family and my reputation, nearly got chosen].

In what is probably the most supremely surprising hint that something is amiss a la brain de moi, I bought CACAO and have started making “healthy” recipes that include superfoods and like 157 litres of coconut oil [which is fucking expensive FYI and now I have even less money for cosmetic surgery and this is not OK].

And as if all that wasn’t enough, two years ago I had an existential life crisis after googling my own mysterious symptoms and was convinced I was dying for a good 8 months of 2016. Multiple scans, X-rays, invasive [read; expensive] tests and not just reaching, but eclipsing, our medicare safety net later it was established that I was not, in fact, suffering an incurable disease but instead that I was just freaking the fuck out over nothing. But not a moment before I paid $395 to have a neuropsychologist tell me I don’t have early onset dementia. Excellent. [This is all a story for another day which I promise I will share when I feel like losing 1/3 of my readership because they can’t relate to what a psychopath I am].

So as midlife crises go, maybe that sounds reasonably harmless. Like, clearly hysterical, and borderline unhinged, but harmless nonetheless.

That was until I got a tattoo.

If you don’t have a tattoo of a wave and a sun do you even like the beach?

And then I got ANOTHER tattoo like two minutes later. Because, you know, I was paying for a minimum 90 minutes needle time and the tiny suburban mum having a midlife crisis tattoo of a miniature heart I got on my outer wrist took approximately 148 seconds and dammit I’m going to get my moneys worth bitch.

And if there’s such thing as a mid-life crisis where you just wanna try like all the cereals, I’m in the midst of that too.

I feel like I’ve given enough evidence here sufficient to prove like, four, midlife crises, let alone one. But whilst experiencing these things, I have also come to a few epiphany sized conclusions.

  1. I’m not actually 35. I’m just 20 with 15 years experience.

OK that’s the only conclusion I’ve come to. But it’s GOOD right?

Oh, and since it’s impossible to know which period of my life is actually the middle, I’ve just decided to have an ongoing crisis, which is like… much more palatable.

Truth be told, at x=20+15 [algebra y’all], I still feel young but have the clarity to actually just care less about what people might think and really there’s actually no sense in not doing the things that make you happy. Even if those things do include ridiculous post workout bathroom selfies in the gym change room.

Don’t hate me cos I take gym selfies

If you want to live low key YOLOish, just do it. And yes I do realise I’m not only three years late to be using YOLO because YOLO is no longer a thing, but I’m also too old to say YOLO, but I don’t care, and you know why? YOLO!


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