Men in their 40’s are at risk. In danger. And not the kind of danger that harks back to Indiana Jones. After all, only a few of us manage to run from giant boulders while clutching an ancient golden artefact and still look awesome.
Here’s the thing. The stats say blokes like us are not happy. The suicide rate for Australian men over 40 is higher than ever. Many of us are not doing well, and what’s worse is we don’t talk about it either. Maybe we don’t know how?
It’s a big deal, and a pretty serious conversation. Mark and Andrew chat about how to find new life amidst a mid-life crisis.
On the lighter side, they wonder why there’s a strange coincidence between reading The Economist and depression, and how you can be comfortable in your own skin.
If you’re not OK, see your doctor or call people who can help:
- The Guardian Highest Australian suicide rate in 13 years driven by men aged 40 to 44
- Huffington Post: 7 Signs You Might Be Facing A Midlife Crisis
- Christian Today: How to navigate the male mid-life crisis
- The Australian: Midlife crisis: there is life after middle-age malaise (subscription)
- Desiring God: What Would You Say to a Christian Going Through a Mid-Life Crisis?
- Fortune: Bono: I Will Follow “Actions, actions, actions. It’s about being useful, and that’s what I want to be.”
Bible references we planned to discuss (but didn’t quite get there)
John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Luke 10:25-28 (MSG) – Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?” He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
Jeremiah 30:18-21 (MSG)
I’ll turn things around for Jacob. I’ll compassionately come in and rebuild homes. The town will be rebuilt on its old foundations; the mansions will be splendid again. Thanksgivings will pour out of the windows; laughter will spill through the doors. Things will get better and better.Depression days are over. They’ll thrive, they’ll flourish.
Image credit: Alice Donovan Rouse