The Inner Journey

The Inner Journey
by John Mays

Midlife can be a wonderful or stressful time in the life cycle of an adult. Many adults begin to question their purpose and direction in life. Many become more self-aware and restless as they struggle with concepts such as aging, their mortality and a renewed sense of purpose in life.

Midlife is actually just a transitional stage of development, much like childhood to teenager and then from teenager to adult. Midlife is the central period of a person’s life, spanning from approximately age 40 to age 65, where we get to re-evaluate and reassess who we want to be in the second half of our earthly existence.

During this period, adults may take on new job responsibilities after raising children and therefore, often feel a need to reassess their personal, spiritual and professional standing. With introspection and the right support, they can make changes “while they feel they still have time.”

While most people do not experience a severe crisis during their middle years of life, some individuals do develop mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety due to old belief systems that they no longer want to carry into the next stage of their lives. A combination of spiritual awareness, holistic health and fitness and behavioral modification can help adults successfully transition into middle age and make the second half of life the most rewarding. Like a fine wine, we actually get better with time!

John Mays is, owner of Fitness Together Chantilly and Midlife Refocus. For more information, visit or

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