The realization that the wise days of middle age have arrived is when you spot a bad idea and you quickly bypass a youthful thought of “the best memories come from bad ideas” to the awareness that you wish all the bad ideas you encountered in life had shown up with a warning label.
There would not have been those lost days with your head buried or
hours spent seeking comfort in your favorite snacks as the full force of that bad idea had you
staring in disbelief because you thought it had been a good idea.
There are still many of those middle age moments that teeter on the good/bad idea conundrum, like the idea to sell all your belongings and hit the road in a Volkswagen Hotel Westfalia. Hopefully the middle age rationalization process is far superior and quicker than those younger days as one tries to prove this is a good idea
while driving to a favorite market for a bottle of wine
and the bookstore for a travel guide. Unfortunately for the lifestyle on the road idea, instead of finding the travel section first, you stop in the mystery & thrillers section where you are reminded of all the terrible things that can happen out on the open road and quickly the great idea to spend the weekend at home with a new book and watching the first college football game of the season sounds perfect.