Us Baby Boomers came of age when traditional values were either rejected or redefined. Nonconformity was at the core of our being. Idealism and optimism permeated our dreams. We were going to change the world.
Change the world we did! Peace marches, civil rights protests and bra burnings gave way to an insatiable need for wealth and power. What we had despised in our youth. We worshipped as adults.
By our sheer number us baby boomers— an estimated 77 million babies born in the United States alone have dictated for decades what constitutes a life of significance. The result?
- Ravenous spending spawned by an entitlement mentality.
- A 50% divorce rate contributing to the disintegration of the family unit.
- An aging Federal Senate and House of Representatives who no longer serve their constituents but those with the purse strings.
- Justice and social issues placed on the back burner so those matters affecting our pocketbook or image can be addressed.
However, all is not lost. More and more baby boomers are returning to the roots of their youth. They are once again rejecting and redefining traditional values. These individuals are committed to remaining active and involved, regardless of age.
For these baby boomers retirement won’t involve sitting on the front porch watching life pass them by, eighteen holes of golf or cruises. Instead, they are embarking on “encore” careers that combine making a living with making a difference. Pursuing dreams once deferred.
As many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 are in such careers. This intoxicating cocktail of professional confidence and youthful idealism promises to reap personal, financial and social rewards of incomparable worth. Suggesting many baby boomers have saved the best for the last.
In 1965 The Byrds released the song, Turn Turn Turn. Reminding us baby boomers then and now that every season must end. What was is not what will be.
Let us return to our roots when dancing to a different drummer was encouraged not ridiculed. When social and political justice were more important than our bank accounts. When people were not expendable. When love and peace were the cry of our hearts.
As far as this baby boomer is concerned. Her BEST IS YET TO COME! What about you?
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Have a great day! Rita
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!