Hi Linda — good to hear from you. I’m not sure when the boundaries of middle and old age are anymore, culturally speaking, but mid-life awareness for me is about realizing that one’s life is at least half over based on standard life expectancies. I know the classic East Asian poets used to write poems commemorating their first white hairs when they were still in their thirties, grasping for a coveted elder status as soon as possible. While that seems a little foreign to me, I certainly don’t get our cult of eternal youth, either.