Mid-Life Crisis? No, Mid-Life Epiphany.
It's just that some people treat the realizations that they come to when they re-evaluate themselves as a crisis situation. And perhaps instead of making natural progressions to fix things, they freak out about it and do something entirely extreme, often something that doesn't fix the original issue at all.
I'm realizing, right now, how bad I am at some things, and how much I model my communication style after the communication style of those around me who I'm supposed to be communicating with. I haven't yet worked up the nerve to push communications on anyone who isn't communicating back, save for the one, and that's a special case, because it's someone who might as well be a part of me. (So when one's got an important contact who doesn't communicate, I model the communications style... and I need to learn not to.)
Now... how to make it so that Awful Realizations do not crush our worlds?