It’s common to wrestle with feelings of unmet expectations, missed opportunities, and paths not taken when you reach the midpoint of your career. But experts say that arriving at middle-age is also a profound opportunity for growth and self-reflection. It’s a chance to reevaluate your priorities, draw from your experience, and carve out a path that aligns with your goals for the second half of your professional life.
Reaching middle age — which often coincides with the midpoint of your career — can be a moment when your achievements, ambitions, and reality collide. Wrestling with feelings of unmet expectations is common; realizing that many of your early dreams and aspirations might not happen — like ever — is sobering.