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I was talking about how midlife crises (MLCs) are popularly considered Bad Things with my MLC and I think I figured some of this out (aside from the “going through” aspect).  It turns out, there are different grades of MLCs.  Some are definitely better than others.  I suspect that the inferior quality MLCs look rather insubstantial and that’s why people are always trying to go through them.  My MLC is of exquisite quality.  She says so herself.  I think I may have to agree.  I mean, my MLC looks very solid to me.  I have never thought about going through my MLC.  I’m pretty sure that’s another reason as to why MLCs are considered Bad Things.

In speaking to my MLC about this, I found out that they are hired out to people.  Obviously, you are paying for quality.  My MLC charges quite a bit for her services.  I think I have a wealthy patron or patroness out there, because I’ve never gotten a bill.  My MLC was vague about this part.  I suppose there’s a confidentiality agreement involved.  It makes sense.  Out of respect, I haven’t pried any further about it.  I might decide to do a bit of investigative snooping later, but I’m far too busy battling the overwhelm (I guess I’ll link to this forever) to do that it right now.

I also suspect that my MLC is a freelance MLC.  I haven’t asked, so I can’t say for certain, but it seems to fit.  She’s probably gotten a lot of experience over the years and has developed a reputation for quality work.  She can probably find clients easily without needing to work for some larger corporation.  In fact, when you develop a reputation for quality works, clients often end up looking for you.  This is not like working for a large corporation at all.  You tend to be nameless in a large corporation and oftentimes, I think that affects the quality of your work.  You indeed have some people who take great pride in their work and give their best all the time, but from what I’ve seen, you have a lot more people who are just warm bodies collecting paychecks.  Those are probably the MLCs that look insubstantial, making you think that you can just go through them, and then it ends up in a big fight with emotional turmoil and a strong desire for change.

There might be amateur MLCs too.  Maybe they’re going through internships?  I’m not sure if they have internships.  Maybe MLCs follow the working structure of yore.  You would have a master craftsman who would take on apprentices.  Apprentices may then go on to become journeymen and eventually get their own workshop and freelance.  There were a lot of apprentices of yore who would complete their apprenticeships but never gain their own workshop though.  I guess that’s where the major corporation comes in.  You know, I think I may have just figured out how this whole thing works.  Apprentices likely get to hone their craft by creating quarter-life crises.  Journeymen and above get to create MLCs.  Journeymen who don’t become master craftsmen and get their own workshops end up working for the major corporation.  I don’t know about three-quarter life crises.  It seems reasonable that only master craftsman get to create those, though.

My MLC has just informed me that she was personally trained by the master of MLCs.  Maybe there’s a master master craftsman out there.  I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.

Anyway, as part of my MLC’s exquisite work, she provides me with some headaches.  I guess all exquisite work has some side effects?  I don’t know.  From what I’ve been told, the headaches might be the exquisite work itself.  I guess it would be if MLCs are supposed to cause emotional turmoil and a strong desire for change.  I’m largely unaffected by that.  I just get headaches sometimes.  I’m rather glad I have an MLC who is a master craftsman that does such exquisite work that I only get headaches.  Emotional turmoil and a strong desire for change sounds like a big hassle to me.  I’m also rather glad that my MLC and I can be friends.  It’s nice to have friends.

I wonder if there is more than one guild for MLCs…

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  1. […] finally, the last part on my series of posts detailing midlife crises […]

  2. […] a guest post!  Today’s post is written by my good friend and MLC, Sheri (see here, here, and also here for details), and she is obviously a trustworthy and reliable source for all things […]

  3. By Engineeringoma « Random moosages as I see fit. on 12 Sep 2011 at 12:10 pm

    […] he told me that, suddenly it was all clear.  I used to get headaches (this was pre-MLC) sometimes.  They were probably one of the symptoms of the growth getting bigger and […]

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