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Boomers: Figuring the Upsides to Life’s New Plan B

It is amazing the amount of knowledge that we Boomers have acquired through out our life times. Knowledge is gained in so many ways. Some of us are well educated with many degrees. Others are filled with a wealth of knowledge through life experiences alone. We sit at our computers and do searches to gain more information and insight. We read books and ask many questions regarding different topics. Then one day something happens. Only then do we realize that we did not take the time to learn some of the things that we really needed to know or maybe we did not really want to know or it was just not the right time to know. This happened to me recently. Just as I thought my eggs were going into my planned retirement basket then bang, it happened. I am going to write about this with hope that some of you will know a little more should it happen to you. You may already know and maybe you will share with the rest of us.

It is amazing the amount of knowledge that we Boomers have acquired through out our life times. Knowledge is gained in so many ways.  Some of us are well educated with many degrees.  Others are filled with a wealth of knowledge through life experiences alone.  We sit at our computers and do searches to gain more information and insight.  We read books and ask many questions regarding different topics.  Then one day something happens.  Only then do we realize that we did not take the time to learn some of the things that we really needed to know or maybe we did not really want to know or it was just not the right time to know.  This happened to me recently.  Just as I thought my eggs were going into my planned retirement basket then bang, it happened.  I am going to write about this with hope that some of you will know a little more should it happen to you.   You may already know and maybe you will share with the rest of us.

As a divorced working female boomer it is not easy.  It is on the news but I prefer to be grateful.  I am grateful that both my children were able to get educations, find good jobs, and have nice homes.  For me, I had those things and some left for various reasons, just like it may have happened to you.   Last year it appeared some things were making a turn for the better.  I started dreaming of  retirement. I finally was working on a plan.  I became familiar and involved with Retirement Social Media.  I have had the privilege of learning so much about boomers, seniors, retirement, living, health, socialization and much more on the sites.  I set goals to become debt free.  Then I became interested in living in a senior apartment.  I signed up for a few senior apartment waiting lists.  I visited my area senior center and was eager to get started with them on a healthy exercise program, socialization and fun activities.  I looked into early social security benefits. I sent in an early job transfer form for a lesser paying job that I heard would be coming available where I worked.  I would have been working 9 months a year, off in the summer time, and off all week ends.  This would have been wonderful and a dream come true.  As May approached my debts, were paid and the plans were coming together when IT  happened along with the problems of the economy.

If you have been reading my previous blogs you may know some of the ITS but not all.  It is time to share.  The week that May 12Th of 2011 fell in, I found there would be no 9 month position.  In addition, I had a heart attack and quad bi pass surgery.  I had to  miss my only granddaughter’s senior graduation due to the heart surgery.  My youngest daughter ended a marriage.  I lived on a credit card for three months, so needless to say there is no more debt free. Most of my family have passed, and friends too, so I have learned to really feel what lonliness is all about during my recovery period.  Enough of the negative, this is just what happened.

Now onward to some positive.  My daughter has found new love.  I hear I will be blessed in March with a new grandchild.  I still have a great employer and work with some wonderful people.  My health insurance is excellent.  I have had the opportunity to mend a relationship with my one and only older sister,  My unhealthy smoking habit has been replaced with eating healthy foods.  Yes, I have been smoke FREE  for almost four months after having that habit for almost thirty-five years. Being a person that enjoys  meditation, I visited a place yesterday to get involved in yoga and meditation classes.  I have researched prescription options and insurance costs.  My relationship with my medical doctor has taken on a new meaning.  It is filled with respect and gratitude for his honestly.  His staff, as I have always known them, are wonderful caring people.  I even love his dog Cody who acts as his therapy assistant animal during his office hours.  Cody brings joy and a smile to face.  My doctor understands that I am one that needs TO KNOW in order to make decisions so he has been honest and very frank with me.

My doctor took the time to explain each detail of my surgery, expectations, and all the facts on my last visit.  He showed his compassion and caring.  It renewed my faith in the medical profession, knowing there are still physicians like him still out there.  I was able to trust enough to allow my physician to be the one to help me get through some of my grief stages, for you see, ALL of this was new and unexpected to me.  My world felt as though it had fell apart.  From there I was able to begin sharing feelings with a couple of co-workers.  Then this past Saturday night, I saw a trusted friend at a 7 eleven store and was able to share with this person.  More important, I was able to listen to the words the person said to me and believe them.  He said, “Ann, you know you still have a purpose, you are strong and  I just want you to know how much you mean to me.”  It was a brief interaction but an interaction that I needed.  Yes, I NEEDED TO KNOW.

Today it was 103 degrees in St. Louis.  There are some complications with swelling which could cause a blood clog.  There is still a lot of pain in the chest from a broken breast bone.  It may be time to consider early retirement with no healthcare benefits for my health.  Maybe I need to know.  It may be time to socialize with the seniors at the center and meet some new friends.  I want to know.  It may be time to face up to fears and walk through to get to a more fulfilled life on the other side.  What will happen?  I do not need to know because I am human not that powerful. I am in a new place of learning to trust and love myself enough to say, ” I really do not know but what I know is just this, “It will be just as IT  is suppose to Be.  I still have a Purpose.”

Remember that sometimes you will only know when you need to know but the important thing is, You CAN START TAKING ACTION NOW because it is never too late to learn if you do not already know.  You too have a purpose which someday you will know if you do not already know!

Originally posted 2011-09-02 15:52:45.

The Baby Boomer Name Game

Baby boomers have many faces, life styles, dreams, stories, and experiences.  Each of us is on a journey.  We all have a name.  Some of us have changed names throughout our life time.  Many married and changed their last names.  Others found that people labeled them with nick names which fit their personalities.  Then computers came along and we found that it might be a good thing to come up with a catchy name, other than using our real name, for the world to see.

For this blog, I chose to call myself, Working Boomer.  My grandchildren have called me Grannie Annie.  Close friends nick named me Annie.  There was a day that some called me Red because of the color that I tinted my hair.  Then of course, like many of you, I am sure some may have called me names that I don’t want to write in a blog. 🙂

Today, I want to change my name again to represent what I feel or what I want in life as a sixty-three year old single, night shift working baby boomer.  Friends, like some of you,  I am TIRED!  Working Boomer is a cute name but it no longer fits.  There are articles that I have read encouraging us to work or go to school until we are eighty.   I began this thing called WORK  when I was five years old.

No, I did not win the lottery nor do I have a huge savings account.  The truth is just this: I AM TIRED!  I eat the healthy foods and exercise.  My cabinet is full of the wonderful over 50 vitamins.  My hair is not red but I have a nice brown tint that I use now, so no longer am I called Red.  My new Grandchild is over a thousand miles away and I have not seen her yet.  I haven’t heard from my other Grandchildren in a while so there went Grannie Annie.  At night my friends are asleep while I am awake and vise verso when I am home.  There went Annie.  As far as those that call me other names, who cares!  That is one advantage of getting older.  Things like that don’t bother me any more.  Now it is time.  Time I say!  WORKINGBOOMER needs a name game change!

Here is the scoop, Loop!  I DO NOT want the word WORK  associated with my name unless it is in volunteer work.  Did you hear me?  I want baby boomer restful, relaxing, fun loving, dream catching, playtime, vacation time, no alarm clock, scoot and boot LIVE IT UP TO THE END  boomer LIVING.

It is time to play the name game.  At least I can make a list and dream when I do get a chance while I wait on an age restricted senior apartment.  Here are a few names that I have picked out.  Please feel free to help me by sharing some names that you would like to be called for your retirement years.

  • Florida Living Grannie
  • Cruising Mama Boomer
  • Senior Center Rockette
  • Small Town Girl With A Big City Smile
  • Over 60 And Still The, “Rock and Roll Queen”
  • Road Trip pin Scoot and Boot
  • Sunshine
  • Annie Love
  • Joy Seeker
  • The Dog Whisperette
  • Smiley
  • The Old Wise One
  • Hope
  • Dreamer
  • Starlight ( as one her gazes at stars ONLY when not WORKING)
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Peaches 🙂  (No, not as in Fruitcake)

It was fun playing the name game but reality is: No matter what anyone calls me I am still Ann.  It is important to not loose sight of our dreams, be grateful for the memories, and always be proud of the name that we have earned during our baby boomer years.

If you remember nothing else from this blog, remember how much fun it was to play the name game song when we were younger.  Have fun!  Try not to ever play the Blame game because the Name game is much more fun!  Live, Laugh and Enjoy the Journey!

Originally posted 2012-05-17 11:48:16.

Boomers Not Buying Sports Cars

There is a Bloomberg article that says Baby Boomers are getting too old for Sports Cars.

My first reaction is to disagree. I live in a Del Webb Active Adult Community and see plenty of sports cars coming down my street; my neighbor a few doors down has a shiny new blue corvette. It sure seems like a joy to drive and I love the sound it makes as he turns the corner in front of my house and accelerates.

However, the author makes a point that as age 70 comes into view, “folding up like an accordion to get into the front seat of a speedy roadster is hardly the prescription for an aching back”.

I agree that getting into and out of a low seat and sitting in seats that don’t support your back, is a problem. It’s not that sports cars suddenly loose their appeal to boomers. Maybe they need to design chair lifts for sport cars. 🙂

The sports cars expected to loose demand are the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche Panamera.

Instead, Baby Boomers are opting for Mercedes GLE Coupe, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Porsche Macan.  With luxury brands like Porsche and Mercedes selling sporty SUVs, the baby boomers can make a more practical purchase and still have some fun behind the wheel.

Mercedes GLE Coupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article was about new cars of course, but I know that many baby boomers still love the classics cars from the 1970s, the golden age of muscle cars.  Restoring old cars and just owning old classic cars brings back memories for many boomers.  I would love to have my 1968 Camera Z28 back.  But in reality it is probably not very practical to have and operate. Maybe I will just go to a car show instead.

1968 Camero

I just went to the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this month and there were plenty of baby boomers there.  Boomers still like sporty cars, that’s for sure.

I also went to the Classic Motorsports Mitty car show and races and really was amazing at how many baby boomers collected and even raced these historic automobiles. There are definitely some major dollars invested in cars, tailors, RVs and car shows.

Classic cars

Bloomberg Article about Boomers and Sports Cars

 

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Originally posted 2016-10-21 22:52:14.

As Boomers Let Go We Live

There are many meanings to the term, letting go. In one sense it means to let go of a thought, resentment, or feeling that is creating a negative feeling within us which is detrimental to our emotional well being. Sometimes, we as boomers, have had to let go of people, places and things in order to become mentally, emotionally and spiritually more healthy.

There are many meanings to the term, letting go.  In one sense it means to let go of a thought, resentment, or feeling that is creating a negative feeling within us which is detrimental to our emotional well being.  Sometimes, we as boomers, have had to let go of people, places and things in order to become mentally, emotionally and spiritually more healthy.

As time goes by we learn to let go of our children as they leave the nest.  Some of us have let go of jobs, family ties, friends, houses, and many other things.  Ours lives are on a continual path of letting go change.  With every letting go there is a new journey to explore and a new path to take.  It is a process that each individual learns and works out in his or her own time.  Sometimes it comes easy and at other times it is not.  It is a part of life.

Letting go can be exciting and other times painful.  It can be an ending which can lead to a new beginning.  It can be an adventure to settle with the past. Letting go can free us into the present.  It is a step toward the future.  It can be the beginning of growth and strength.  Letting go allows us to be free to experience new ways of thinking. We then can challenge what is here in the now.  Letting go can make room in our minds for new ideas, creativity and new possibilities.  It opens our hearts to others.

I remember earlier on in my life saying, “I am tired of letting go.”  Letting go to me at that time meant loss therefore I had to change my thinking as I  learned that letting go can also mean a new beginning.  It can lead to peace, joy, harmony, maturity, and a sense of ease that can only be explained by the individual that is experiencing it.  It can have positive results not only for us but for those around us as we grow in acceptance of what is.  We then have the opportunity to open our hearts to another chapter of life.  As boomers we may be learning to become grandparents after the roll of being parents.  We let go of old ways that we use to do things and allow our grown children to now be in charge.  Then there other boomers that still may be in the process of allowing those grown children to become the adults that they are while the children face their own responsibilities.

We may have had to relocate to new areas.  Some of us have let go of houses and down sized to apartment living.  Other boomers may have moved into their children’s homes and  let go of ownership.  Then others have had to learn to let go of old ways of thinking about retirement, health, travel and many other things.

Life if full of letting go but the important thing is to remember that it can be seen as a new beginning.  It is part of boomer living. As one chapter ends another begins.  Nothing is forever.   Everything is for a reason.  We as boomers continue to learn about letting go. We can free ourselves to be in the present moment.  We let go of fear and replace it with faith.  We learn and continue to learn so that we can enjoy peace within.

Try it today.  Just let go and be free!  Challenge your mind to a new and positive way of thinking.  Let go of a negative feeling.  Be alive and Live!  Sing a song! Take a walk! Dance in the rain!   Play music!  Paint a picture! Go inside your heart to that quiet place and truly, “LET GO!”

Originally posted 2011-11-10 17:45:51.

Is It Luck or Is It Learning?

There are some of us that are just curious people. I am just that. If I hear a word and do not know the meaning of it then I look it up. If I read a quote and want to know about it, I look it up. You might even say I have an on going relationship with my computer google bar.

There are some of us that are just curious people. I am just that. If I hear a word and do not know the meaning of it then I look it up. If I read a quote and want to know about it, I look it up. You might even say I have an on going relationship with my computer google bar.

We boomers were always curious and very experimental. Tonight I was thinking back to two classes that I took in college. One was speech and the other was writing. It was my last day in speech class. I did not have a speech prepared. Oh well, I said to myself, I will just speak on what ever comes into my heart and let it roll out of my mouth.” Now I am not suggesting this is a good way to do but that one worked for me. I gave a speech on, “Don’t Quit.” The class loved it and asked the Professor if they could give me a standing ovation. They did. What a shock! I just lucked out on that one.

Then there was my writing class. One of my papers was marked down because of a cliche. One of my favorite saying is, “Say what you mean, mean what you say and don’t say it mean.” Shucks, I thought I made that one up. Lately I have been seeing a lot of repetition while reading articles on the computer. Some are all the same with just a few changes in words. So I sat down tonight with my friend the google bar. First I looked up the word CLICHE. The meaning is an over used expression or idea. Ok, I said to my self. That must be like the repetition that I read about.

Then just for kicks I stuck in the saying, ” Say what you mean, mean what you say, but Don’t say it mean. To my amazement google bar had a lot of information on that also. Now this was beginning to feel like a game to out wit the google bar. So I continued to read.

I was lead to this great site where I found a funny clip about word usage in our culture today. This is it. http://vimeo.com/3829682. Now I really wish I knew how to get this to display on the blog but I don’t. You know though, that is ok too because I still have the ability to learn. So I hope you can hit the little URL I put in and listen to this. It is funny.

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

So laugh if you want because I am. Think of some words. Write a few down. Express yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to use the google bar. There is a wealth of knowledge there! Now you might ask, “Why is this Working Boomer writing all this silly stuff.” My answer would be just this. As we get older it is important for Boomers to continue to learn and exercise our minds. We can do that in so many ways by reading books or even using the google bar. Even locks get rusty if not used. They make WD Forty for that. Since my mind is not a lock I will continue my relationship with my google bar! Now if I am really lucky the smart editor of this blog will get the URL to appear on here as it should. Just maybe I can luck out twice!

Originally posted 2010-12-10 01:05:36.

Boomer Stories: Memories and Humor

WorkingBoomer has inspired me with her Boomer Stories. I get the premise that Baby Boomers have lived through many exciting decades and have stories to tell. Living is experiences and some experiences you remember more than others. When you tell these personal stories to others it becomes part of your life’s story. Boomer blogging is done by people who want to share some of these stories.

WorkingBoomer has inspired me with her Boomer Stories.  I get the premise that Baby Boomers have lived through many exciting decades and have stories to tell.  Living is experiences and some experiences you remember more than others.   When you tell these personal stories to others it becomes part of  your life’s story.   Boomer blogging  is done by people who want to share some of these stories.

OK I accept the task to write one of my boomer stories.   What shall I write about?  Inspiration?  Generation perspective?  World peace?  No, I think fishing stories.  Fishing and stories kind of go together, don’t you think?

These three fishing stories all happen in the early part of my life, because I don’t fish much anymore except an occasional charter boat trip in the Gulf of Mexico.  The first story is scary and the other two humorous.

Here we go.

1. CATCHING A MESS – Growing up in a small town in middle Georgia,  when I was about age 15,  I went fishing just about every day during the Summer behind the dam at the spillway at Lake Tchukolaho with my two brothers.   This particular day I was catching the bream like crazy with my Zebco 33 spinner.  Wearing Calypso shorts and low cut Converse tennis shoes with no socks I waded out in the water almost up to my waist, to get closer to the fish.  After a while my fish stringer was full of bream and getting heavy so I double tied it to my belt loop so it would not come off and turned to start back to shore .   That fish stinger sure was heavy and I couldn’t wait to show my brother waiting on shore, so with both hands  I hoisted up the stringer of fish.  What happened next I still get goose bumps over.  There was a huge ugly water moccasin snake who had swallowed up the bottom half of my fish stringer.  Gasping jaws wide open trying to sallow the whole string.   I don’t know who was surprised more, me or the snake.  Remember the string was tied to my belt loop.  There was a lot of high stepping and splashing and eventfully I got to shore with out the snake.

Ok on to better times.

2. WHAT DO I DO NOW? – When I moved to the city and got married, Mary Ann and I lived in some apartments near Stone Mountain Park which had a nice lake.  I would come home from my Accounting job, change out of the suit, pick up my fishing gear and head over for 30 minutes of bass fishing before dusk.  Each time I would ask Mary Ann if  she wanted to go, and the answer was “No, you go ahead”, but this day she said yes.   Off to park we go and stopped on the side of the road and took the short walk through the woods to the lake .   Bass fishing is done by casting along the shoreline in the shallow water.  But we couldn’t both do that so I set Mary Ann up with a plastic worm and a large weight on her spinner and cast it straight out in the lake.  You just slowly reel in the line and then throw it back out, were my instructions.  There that would take care of here while I do some real Bass fishing.

I quickly disappeared along the wooded path along the lake to the better fishing spot.   Thirty minutes later, I had a couple of hits but no fish. Since it would be getting dark, I headed back.  As I came out of the woods to the clearing, I see Mary Ann standing there with her spinner rod pointed up and a big bass flip flopping on the ground.  “What do I do now” I heard her say.

On to the last fishing story.

3. TALK ABOUT A BIG CATCH!. –  So Mary Ann and I are fishing at a country pond.  It is getting late afternoon and time to bass fish.  We are on the side of the pond.  I plan to go along the pond’s edge fishing for bass. Mary Ann needs something to do.   I rig up a spinner with a Jitterbug lure, the type that wobbles back and forth across the top of the water.   Planning to keep her clear of my fishing grounds, I say “throw it over there towards the other side of the pond by those cattails”.    Mary Ann, where?   At that time three cows were walking along a path on the other side of the pond going to wherever cows go at the end of the day. I said “over there by the cows”.   Mary Ann reared back and slung that Jitterbug lure with a mighty sling .   The lure sailed high in the air and took off.  It landed on the cows back!

The cow keeps strolling down the path.  The fishing line is reeling off.

Mary Ann said here! and gave the spinner to me.  I made sure the line was letting out as the cow continued down the path.  What to do?  The lure after hitting the cow on the back must have jumped off on the other side. The line fell off the cow just before we gave out of line.

Originally posted 2010-12-26 23:33:30.