DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Aug. 30, 2018 1 min read

The mid-life crisis gets an undeservedly bad rep. It's the first time many people face their own mortality, and accept with regret how they've squandered so much of life. It would have been better to have such a crisis earlier, but foolish to waste the opportunity none the less.

The examined life is one that welcomes the existential crisis as a life-long companion. Not something to run away from, but something to listen to with the outmost attention. A running dialogue with the prospect of death.

Yeah, sure, if you wait to have that conversation with yourself about mortality until half of yours is spent, it's not at all reasonable to freak out a little. But better to freak out halfway through than just before its all over. Better still to freak out right now, though 😄

*unreasonable


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