A tale I heard
Comedian Sue Perkins on the pressures of turning 50:
"I felt a curious liberation when I crossed the threshold. Six months before I was almost entirely unbearable. I had a classic, lowest grade, entry-level midlife crisis. I wanted to be somebody who didn’t behave the way everybody else behaved, I wanted to run contrary to the narrative. But now, I just got sucked straight into that. ‘What am I for? What am I about?' Then I had a party, got hammered, and couldn’t give a shit after that. It was apprehension. Culturally, we’re hardwired to reflect on those big ones."