Craving a Midlife Change? Ask Yourself These Questions

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Rebecca Thurston, Ph.D.
February 03, 2023

By the time we reach our 40s, we may be craving a midlife change. With so many years behind us and (hopefully) so many more to go, it’s natural to wonder what’s next. Maybe it’s time for a midlife pivot.

Think of it as a reassessment, a way of planning out what we hope the second half of life is going to be. It can be a beautiful thing.

Why Women Tend to Reevaluate in Midlife

“When [we reach midlife], family pressures [may] start to alleviate. When there is a major transition, people reevaluate their lives. This is a very common and normal experience,” says Diane Solomon, Ph.D., a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Portland, Oregon, who adds that midlife is really the perfect time to explore new interests, set new goals, and make some all-around exciting life changes.