I guess in a lot of ways what I am going through could be called a “mid-life crisis.” After all I am in my early 40s. I am not male but maybe this is now also spreading to women, just like the increase in smoking and aggressive driving. So, it’s a crisis when we start questioning our lives, when we realize that there is more to life than making money. Questioning the way our society works is considered sick, in need of counseling. That seems rather reminiscent of the “hysteria” that many women were labeled with when they were questioning patriarchy. Often they internalized their anger. They turned their anger inward. Or their anger was pathologized from the outside. People who question the way things are must be marginalized as sick or as going through a crisis. When in fact, the way things are is what is making us sick, what is sending us into a crisis. Not letting ourselves be pathologized might be part of our healing. For me, this “crisis” is a transition to a life that is more authentic to myself and thus more life affirming than the life in the corporate world, which is financially lucrative but kills our souls (whatever we mean by soul… I mean something in us that is craving meaning and connection).