Maybe if I write about some of the things that I have read about Baby Boomers lately then you will help me figure out just who or what we are. When I looked up the definition of “who are Baby Boomers” it said a Baby Boomer is a person who was born during the demographic post War War II . We grew up during the 50’s, 60’s and 1970’s. Our birth years are 1946 to 1964. Got that, but as I read about us today it gets more and more complicated for me. I am going to share some things that I read and let’s figure this thing out.
First of all, when do we get that senior discount on food with the smaller portion? Is it sixty-two or sixty-five? I was born in 1948 and I have read that I am a boomer but on the menu it says I am a senior. Then there was an article that I read that said the age sixty folks are now the new 50’s. Really? That just does not agree with my birth certificate.
When I read about health and dieting my head became even more confused. Of course with my head that is not unusual. The other day there was an article in the news that said we boomers are obese or to put it nicely FAT. Then I visited the senior center where the age limit was sixty-two and much to my surprise most of the folks there were my age, but yet it was not called a boomer center. May I add, that with all the activities that they were participating in they appeared very energetic and healthy, not OBESE.
One article I read, stated we were messing up the city transportation because there was so many of us. That has to change. I was down in the city just the other day and most of the folks that I saw were much younger than me. Maybe the boomers just had not got out of bed yet.
Really though, I do not think the boomers are sleeping in too late. Most of my friends are getting up very early to exercise and get their bodies ready for work. Actually, I even read an article stating how we boomers were going to work for a LONG TIME. All you have to do is turn on the news to hear that. But speaking of the news, have you noticed how old some of the reporters are? So is that true or not? They look like seniors that are filling up the jobs. Some though are very young reporters.
Then there are the ads for health clubs and wrinkle creams. They appear to be geared to boomers, but I saw a senior gentleman buying ten jars of Vitamin E cream at the Dollar store just the other day. He told the sales person that he needed to keep his skin young. Now I am not an expert in that area and I am sure the cream will help, but on the other hand, he looked to be about 90 years old. Maybe he just meant he wanted to keep his skin healthy.
I could go on and on with the things that I have read and observed. Instead I will just leave you with this solution that I have come up with for those age sixty-two. Why not just call us Senior Boomers? Please add a comment so we can get all of this figured out and fixed please. All we have to do is come up with an agreement. 🙂
The name baby boomer was given to a group of people born in a certain era of time. They impacted today’s society. I would like to break that group down. I hope to be able to express likes and differences as individuals. Each boomer is different in his or her own way. It would be impossible to touch on each one. That would be better left to the individual to do during quiet time. That special time of meditation when the person puts away ego and accomplishments would better be told by ones self. The media portrays a picture of doers and happenings in boomer articles. Some are negative. Others are positive. Then there are those that are just hanging out in the unknown. This is a list of a few. Maybe you will see yourself in this mesh of scenarios or maybe in the stillness while you read, you will allow yourself to just be.
You awakened this morning in the new retirement home that you and hubby just found in the small town of Ocala, Florida. David, your husband, had the coffee brewing. The television was on the news channel. You listened. The news reporter told of possible cuts in Medicare and Social Security. Gas prices were up. The national debt was out of control. The phone rang. It was the pharmacy on your answering machine. Your heart medicines could not be filled because your insurance once again had denied them. You must call your physician. Felix, the cat stretched lazily over in the corner. You looked out the window. The shade tree seemed greener than yesterday. David looked at you as you stretched. He smiled. The smile on his face was like a glow. You felt the warm fuzzy in your stomach as you focused on the love in your heart for David. You knew the comfort of being safe because you chose to stay just in the moment. The moment consisted of the love that was there with David, the beauty of nature outside your window and the joy of just being alive one more day!
You looked out the window of your city apartment from the tenth floor. There was no time to read the paper. You were running late for that early morning job interview. You must not be late. After all, at age sixty, the last thing that you wanted was to miss an opportunity to seal the deal on a new career. The rent was paid through next month. You could not allow your mind to go any further. You were one of those boomers having to start all over again. It would not be the first time. You had started over after the divorce from Mary Lou. Your friend John had told you it would take awhile but you had made new friends. You smile. You walk out the door and lock the lock behind you. On the elevator, you think to yourself, ” All will be as it is suppose to be, I am staying in the moment.”
Age sixty-four and you are sitting in your small cubical in what you call the cube factory. You look at the computer. You remember the beautiful office that you once had. Oh how you loved that mahogany desk and the view from the office bay window. The noise around you is getting louder. This is NOT where you want to be. Will that long awaited vacation time ever come? Then your mind switches thoughts. Next month you will be sixty-five. You finally found that perfect age restricted apartment. Finally you could do the laundry at home. There would be no more trips to the laundromat because you had secured a villa. Your heart begins to sing. Your focus is back in the moment. Life is life and it will be as it should be!
Who is the Baby boomer today? It is you in all your uniqueness. It is that special one that you are, not necessarily where you are, what you do or what you have. You are a human being, not less than or more than, just THAT SPECIAL YOU! Think about it. Who is the Baby boomer today? Is it you or what is outside of you? Are we boomers really so different?