How Schopenhauer Got Me Through My Mid-Life Crisis
In this witty and heartfelt look at mid-life, screenwriter and bar owner Charles Alonso, accompanied by his favorite philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, attempts to recapture the sense of joy, relevance and meaningfulness which seems to come pro bono with our younger years. It's a stumbling, fumbling journey, and an entertaining one. More
What happens in life when all the dominos have fallen your way, and suddenly they don’t? In this witty and heartfelt look at mid-life, screenwriter and bar owner Charles Alonso, accompanied by his favorite philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, attempt to find out. After attending his 25th high school reunion, Alonso, 44, discovers that he is not the only one wrestling with boredom and a sense of unfulfilled potential and expectations unmet.
Alonso’s journey takes him from early academic success to bar ownership to an on-line affair to self-sabotage as a promising screenwriter to volunteer work at a soup kitchen to dancing with his wife for the first time in twenty years to dropping acid - and a few other floundering experiments - all in an attempt to find the contentment and levity that seem to come pro bono with our younger years. At his lowest point, he gazes over the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge and seriously considers the best place from which to jump.
But he doesn’t.
Instead, using what he learns from his haphazard journey and the wisdom distilled from the writings of famed 19th century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Alonso attempts to recapture a sense of meaning, relevance and joy in life, and comes to some conclusions which he hopes will help others find the peace of mind we all are seeking.