A year or two ago my Dad finally talked my Mom into letting him get a motorcycle. His reasoning for needing the bike was that he was working at a place where parking was horrible and traffic to and from was always heavy. So, with the bike, he was then able to get to and from work in about 15 minutes consistently and also live out his dream of owning a motorcycle.
My Dad has also always wanted a tattoo which represented his undying love for the New York Yankees. A couple weeks ago he was in line at some store and saw a man about his age with a Yankee tattoo on his calf that my Dad really liked, so my Dad, being my Dad, struck up a conversation with this man...
Dad: "I like your tattoo. Where'd you get it?"
Man: "Top shelf on Bell Boulevard a few weeks ago."
Dad: "Cool. I just got a motorcycle."
Man: *chuckles* "I just got a Cadillac."
I can't speak for "Man" but I don't actually think my Dad is going through a mid-life crisis even though he's also been hitting the gym daily and looks better than most 20 something-year-olds I know. Ok, so maybe he is a little bit. Or maybe the mid-life crisis isn't aptly named. Maybe it should be called the 'Age of I Worked my Butt off for 30 Years and Can finally Spend Some Time and Money on Myself'. Catchy, eh?
My Dad is one of the hardest-working, most self-sacrificing, and loving people I know. He's sacrificed more for his family than most people would even consider. Including but not limited to: stepping away from a great job that would've required too much time away from his family, learning a completely new trade to make sure he could continue to support his family, making sure his family was at church just about every time the doors were opened, making sure he was always available to my siblings and I if we ever needed him, attending every baseball game, basketball game, dance recital, swim lesson that he could. The list goes on and on.
Side note: I don't know how he and my Mom could stand listening to me while I learned to play the drums. I hope and pray none of my kids want to be drummers.
So, while I do believe that some men and women do experience the typical 'mid-life crisis' I don't think my Dad is typical.
Love you, Dad. Let me know when you decide on a tattoo.