"Catharsis" is defined by Merriam-Webster thusly: "purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) 2.] a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension 3.] elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression."
When we were trying to brainstorm a name for our blog, I suggested "Midlife Catharsis" but some hoser and some other hoser was already using the term. It very aptly describes the experience Kristi and I had meeting each other. We never had a midlife crisis per say; the divorces we both suffered were not because we got tired of our exes and desired something new and fresh.
We did, indeed, purge our previous lives... we got rid of all the pity, fear and sadness, and gave each other a spiritual renewal. I know it sounds cheesy, but we really believe that our love is something transcendent, not just us needing something new because we're growing old.