50 years old here, with a bit of a relevant story:
Sandy totaled my '11 OBS which I LOVED - had an STI rear sway installed, had other mods on the pipeline. Loved taking on highway ramps at insane speeds
Insurance came through and almost bought a '13 WRX in WRB. Had the bill of sale signed and everything, but opted for a '13 Impreza Sport Limited - sticking point was the wife does not drive stick...we changed our mind back to the WRX at the last minute, but too late, as it had been sold (NJ folks remember how hectic it was at dealerships). We needed a car in a hurry, so that was that (looking for emoticon for "hitting myself on the head with a mallet").
Not all is lost, as we plan on buying/leasing either a WRX or BRZ (manual) as a second car this summer...so a question to the older folks that have posted or lurked this thread: WRX or BRZ? Keep in mind I live in Jersey City...
By the way - I take exception to the whole "mid-life crisis" thing: I didn't all of a sudden start liking sports cars when I turned 50!