Me Have a Mid-Life Crisis? No Way…. I Thought!

How many wins does one need?

I never thought I would be writing this.    What is it about the 50 year mark in a person’s life, or is it that I am about to be a grandfather?   I always thought of myself as a young person, but your impression of yourself can change overnight.    A creek in the back, stiff legs, fading memory, another wrinkle, kids looking at you like an old person; I don’t know where it came from but, BAM!, hit me like a brick.   I am not getting any younger, I have been so busy doing the same things that I have missed so much in my life!   I used to brag about no finishing my engineering degree, now, I am thinking I should go back to school.    That Harley ride I did last year, now has me thinking…   I need a hog!

On to new adventures...

Why should I kayak all of the time?    I can branch out, do something different.    What is the rush I tell myself;  what I have always told myself.     What if tomorrow I am too old to enjoy it, that is what the rush is about!    No, I am not thinking of getting divorced and dating someone Emily’s age, or getting a trophy wife, I already have my trophy wife, Kristine.

My Trophy Wife


Still I think I need new priorities.    I am considering that my job, being president of Jackson Kayak, designing boats with David (for 20+ years), and competing on the scene year after year isn’t helping me branch out.   I don’t really know what to say other than I am resigning from my work at Jackson Kayak, and retired (I know you have heard this before, but I am serious this time) from competition (after the race this weekend).     I am not selling my ownership in Jackson Kayak, as that would be dumb, of course .  The company is growing and thriving.


Since this is so new to me,   I have some soul searching left still.    I have heard terrible stories of others in mid-life crisis and I don’t want to make their mistakes.    I want to do this my way.     Maybe start with figuring out my new drink, to celebrate almost 50 years on this planet,  pick my new Harley out, maybe a new car, and get a time share on a beach, or a ski mountain.    That isn’t too crazy, no harm, no foul.

Maybe do more of this type of thing???


Now what do I do?   What will the kids think?   Will Kristine be fired up or bummed?   Hmmm… So many questions…  What do you expect when you are having a crisis, I guess!   I figured this was the right place to announce it as so many of you are used to keeping up with what I am doing on my website, that was www.jacksonkayak. long before there was a kayak company called Jackson Kayak.     The other reason to announce it so quickly after my crisis is because today is 4/1/13…









April fools-  I had my mid-life crisis when I was 21 and dropped out of college… I am never going back… Ha ha ha!!   Did I get you?


Here are some photos I dropped in, as a reminder to me, of why a mid-life crisis, would actually be a crisis…  I love my wife, I love my life, I love my Kids, I love my friends, my employees, partner and I hope to enjoy more time together as a kayaker, business person, family member and friend !  Happy April Fools Day!


Comments on “Me Have a Mid-Life Crisis? No Way…. I Thought!”

  1. Mike Moyer
    April 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I said to myself OH NO! As I was reading this. You scared the hell out of me.

  2. kombat
    April 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Dude – As a 44 year old F/A-18 aviator now chained to Powerpoint who fights to get days on the river, that was not cool. Not cool at all. Although, the Harley should have been a dead giveaway.


    1. April 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      He’s not the nicest is he…
      Emily Jackson

  3. Dennis Mashue
    April 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Eric, I don’t know you, really, at all. But if I did, I’m sure I would punch you in the chest and yell, “You BITCH!” LOL! This was very, very good and very, very convincing.


  4. Sharon Porta
    April 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I thought what? 50? I am 60 and still going strong. Surely not at your level but we keep young by doing what we love.

    1. April 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      April Fools!
      Emily Jackson

  5. Paul
    April 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    You’re not giving up boating, just competition, right? As a 61-year-old boater (and Jackson customer), I understand the desire to spread out and use the energies that you have had to funnel into competition. Best of luck, man.

    1. April 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      April Fools, you didn’t really think my dad would stop competing did you? its a race to see who eats dinner the fastest!
      Emily Jackson

      1. Pickers
        April 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        I’ve been in that race for dinner and Dane always won, it was like he had a sixth sence for food

  6. Joe Yeazitzis
    April 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    You can still get the Harley Eric! It’s just a more serene therapy”

  7. Bruce Callis Jr
    April 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Awesome April Fool joke. I may not do all the whitewater adventures, and have never been in a kayak, but I love how you branched out to bring in the bass anglers. One day this 52 year old is gonna get one and put it to use on the local ponds and lakes, even some rivers. Thank you for the laugh, but more importantly, thank you for following your dream. Thank you.

  8. Vanessa Hillis
    April 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Got me.

  9. James
    April 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    You got me! See you in Ottawa this summer!

  10. Laurie Jackson
    April 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Hey, come farm with me and teach me to kayak, glad this was just a joke you bad, bad little brother.

  11. Tony Dyrsmid
    April 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    EJ if you ever do decode to quit, you should become a fiction writer as this gets better every year.

  12. Tony Dyrsmid
    April 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    EJ if you ever do decode to quit, you should become a fiction writer as this gets better every year.

  13. Butler Geezer
    April 2, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Hey Jefe. Great chuckle! And you call me a kid! Love it:>)) Sounds like JKTV #10 is a-brewing. Happy 50 whatevers! You ain’t seen nuthin yet, man!

  14. Erik Wells
    April 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Ok you got me on April 2nd. What a ride, I was like, Oh. I hope the quality doesn’t suffer, but it will be too bad for the design. hahaha. Ouch that hurt!

  15. Gordon
    April 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    You ass. Yes, you hooked another one. Was happy to read the “gottcha” line at the end.

  16. Barry Gay
    April 4, 2013 at 3:22 am

    lol…all I could think was “no, no, Noooo” then “ha, ha, ha”
    happy birthday and thanks for sending the Karma. My Bride said it showed up gift wrapped on the door step today.

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