We hear a lot about midlife crises and how they effect men… but what happens when a woman begins questioning her life’s purpose? That’s what Saving Hope delved into Sunday night during an episode that was appropriately titled, “Midlife Crisis.”
As we all remember from last week’s high stakes premiere, Charlie almost died – again – so Alex made a deal with some higher power that if he survived she would just stay away from him. Something about being cursed? Well we may think that’s just as silly as Charlie did when Alex finally told him what was going on, but that was a very real promise that Alex made. And so now she’s stuck with keeping it, and it’s driving her to reconsider everything in her life.
What does that look like exactly? Well here’s a step-by-step guide, straight from the life of Alex, about how to survive a midlife crisis on Sunday night.
Schedule in some “you” time
As a surgeon and a mom, Alex just needed to bathe it out, y’all. So she took some time off work, shipped the babe off to a caregiver and soaked in a tub while ignoring everyone, so that she could get some thoughts straight in her head. Sure, sure, this sounds like something a normal person should do on the regular, but for a crazy busy surgeon and mom this is kind of the epitome of luxury.
Be sure your besties are on hand to help
While Alex was soaking in that aforementioned bath, besties Shahir and Maggie swung by with lots of groceries and all the stuff to make killer smoothies. Because nothing clears your mind like a bath followed up by a power breakfast shake; you need to get those brain cells going again after so much heavy duty life reflection.
Just go for that killer haircut
You know that change to your tresses that you’ve been dying to make? Whether it’s bangs, a bob or a beautiful new ‘do, just go for it. Heck — do it yourself if making an appointment feels like too much work. You can pin any mistakes back into the rest of your hair until one of your surgeon friends who also happens to be a former hairstylist can snip it back into shape.
Busy yourself with a high-drama case
Alex found herself an engaged couple to take care of on Sunday night, following their nasty car accident. Of course the accident was just fate bringing the two ladies to the hospital; soon we learned that one of the girls had cancer and the other had been about to call off the engagement. But you know with cancer you can’t exactly leave a person high and dry, so she decided to fake it until she makes it. While we felt for the couple, we have to admit it’s nice to be able to escape into someone else’s drama for a bit… right, Alex?
Involve yourself in your ex’s business
Know that ex you just broke up with? Well if we’ve learned anything it’s that it’s integral to put your schnoz up in his business in order to move on. For Alex that meant pushing Charlie back into surgery slightly early when a cyclist with a really (really, really, really) gross knee separation needed the best of the best. Obviously Charlie rocked it, by the way, and found a way to let the boy keep his leg. But you know, it also kind of gave poor Charles some false hope.
Get into a fight with one of your besties
Know how you’ve been making everything a little bit about you lately? We mean, we get it — your fiancé almost died like three times and you told God you’d break up with him if he came back from flatlining. But dude, bestie needs some love too. So when you go over her head on the project you’re both working on, be sure to say something inappropriate that makes her feel like you’re the real leading lady in her life and she’s just there in a supporting role. That will ensure that said bestie (in this case Maggie) will say all the things you need to hear but no one else will tell you.
Have a heart-to-heart with the source of your problem
Now that you’ve been pushed to be your best, it’s finally time to sit down and talk about what’s really bothering you: your curse against the man you love. Be sure he knows that he’s just as amazing as he’s always been (and you’re super impressed he’s been able to keep up that physique given his potential loss of life), but that in the end it’s you; not him. As he leaves your place for what should be the final time, start to turn your sights towards the hot new doctor on the ward (a.k.a. Dr. Palmer). Because as we all know, the real cure for a midlife crisis is a great new distraction.