Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Middle Age Mumblings

The results of a new study came out today. You can read about it at ABC News: Middle-Aged Misery: Why 44 Is Worst Age.

I didn't pay much attention to the results of the study, which I happened to catch on my drive in today. Then I remembered that my age, thirty-fourteen, is actually 44. The study concluded that depression peaks for people at this age. I had been in a good mood up until that point.

Let's see - gas prices, the housing market, the war, the economy - none of these things have to do with my age but they certainly could put a damper on my mood. Gray hair, hot flashes, an extra couple of pounds - all those are a result of aging and not one of them has ever really put me in a funk.

No, the only four-four combo that has put me over the edge up until now is the 4 years of the first Bush administration + the 4 years of the second Bush administration. Now that's something about which we can all be miserable, regardless of age.

8 comments:

Velvet Ginger (Rubye Jean) said...

But we in America are so much better off than most of the rest of the world. We have no reason to be depressed. When I was 44, my oldest son died...so I have to say I changed at that point. I still have many wonderful things to be thankful for.
There is always a rainbow...

CJ said...

I'm very sorry that you had to experience the loss of your son Rubye Jean. I can't imagine how hard that must be.

We do have lots for which to be thankful here in this country. I have concerns about the direction in which we are heading though.

MLC said...

Hmmmm - I'll have to go look at the study (or maybe not). I find being ridiculously immature a.k.a. acting like a five year old -- keeps one off xanex and quite happy.

I forgot to be depressed last year - maybe I'll have to go back and do it over again.

-janet

Rhea said...

I can't recall if 44 was a bad time. But I am doing well at 50. Not depressed. Just my usual restlessness.

Velvet Ginger (Rubye Jean) said...

I share your concern about the stae of things Cj. We are still much better off than most of the rest of the world!

CJ said...

I would have to agree with you Rubye Jean. I am very thankful to live in this country.

CJ said...

Hey MLC - I like the way you think. I'm not going to act my age unless it is abolutely imperative.

CJ said...

Hi Rhea - Thanks for the visit. Most women I know this age seem to be very content in their 40's and 50's. I think it's important to try to have fun no matter what age you are. Silly is good.