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Midlife Adventure Crisis!

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by aquacat8, May 16, 2018.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Great Lakes
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  2. DavidFL

    DavidFL ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Having always loved that particular poem, and seeing it used in this context, just want to honor my many Welsh friends and the poet Dylan Thomas.
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  3. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Glad someone mentioned this. If your bucket list includes more demanding dives, whether farther afield where health care would be harder to access (e.g.: live-aboard to Cocos Island), or conditions may require more exertions (what I read of some of the higher current diving in Komodo, or diving the Galapagos), you may want to get that dream trip in...before you need a joint replacement, get put on blood pressure medication that makes you prone to get dizzy if you stand quickly, or maybe Lasix making you pee often makes travel a pain...

    The elderly (whatever age that is for you; people age differently) have less physiological reserve, that 'extra' strength/stamina/toughness, to bring to bear in a crisis, older bodies are often more easily injured, vulnerability to adverse effects from being bedridden awhile may be greater, and healing rate & completeness may be less.

    I see your point about having less life left to risk. At the same time, I'd cringe if a 70 year old with osteoporosis took up skateboarding for the first time.

    I'm 49. Starting to think about these issues, too.

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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    I miss the partier that I once was.
  5. DivealotZA

    DivealotZA Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Africa
    You can send the money to me? I promise I'll spend it wisely :wink:

    From a dive pro point of view, we often get some people that are in the older category - around 50s - and some of them are as fit as a fiddle, so I don't hesitate to trust their abilities.... and then we get 20 year-olds that I wouldn't trust to fetch a coffee!

    Obviously I can't speak from a personal point of view with regards to the topic, since I'm much younger, but I would think that hitting the gym more often or getting some sort of fitness activities in would increase your own and other people's confidence in your abilities...As well as obviously giving you physical benefits too...

    I'll dive till I die, and I expect nothing less from all you guys! :p
  6. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Illinois - ("Schwob", formerly "Schwaeble")
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  7. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
  8. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    I do still love to party but I don't have as much party in me as I used to do, and that's what I miss.

    (And if that woman is 60 . . .)
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
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  9. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
    What is fun changes... I am blown away by nature now in a way I wasn't when I was younger. I can kind of understand why older people often get into gardening, though that's not my thing. Simple pleasures, easy dives, peace and quiet, healthy choices, these are more where the party is at now! The wisdom that comes only with time magnifies how wonderful some of the simplest good things in life are!
  10. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    I think that age brings, especially in these days, the realisation as well that some of the simple pleasures we used to take for granted (such as some areas of the world, animal species, reefs and fish species that we see now) might have limited lifespans unless dramatic changes happen.

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