Happy New Year, Baby Boomers!

It’s actually happened: Baby Boomers are getting old.  Uh… I mean, reaching their senior years.  Ummm… that is, they are now truly mature.  What I mean to say is that today the oldest members of the Baby Boomer Generation turn 65.  They have reached the age of discounts, early bird specials, and, once upon a time, retirement.

So what, you say?  You’ve had your fill of Baby Boomer trivia?  Well, consider this:  According to the Pew Research Center, for the next 19 years about 10,000 people will cross over into senior citizenhood every day.  By the year 2030, senior boomers will number a whopping-70 million-strong.

“Yikes!” some of you younger people may be gasping. “What are we going to do with all those old folks? With so many getting more and more decrepit, what will happen to our society?”

Hey, Boomers have never done anything in the same old way, so why would they start now?  Already, they are in the process of reinventing retirement.  Boomers may be getting older, but they definitely remain a vital force to be reckoned with.

Come on, Boomers! Let’s raise our glasses of prune juice and share in a collective New Year’s toast:

We watched Howdy Doody and Roy Rogers,

We rocked and rolled and sang of freedom.

We vowed never to trust anyone over 30,

We promised to transform the world.

Let’s do it!

 

 

(The Second-Half Adventure:

Don’t Just Retire–Use Your Time, Skills & Resources to Change the World

by Kay Marshall Strom)

“Do your little bit of good where you are.  It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

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10 responses to “Happy New Year, Baby Boomers!

  1. Hi, Kay… Yep, you’ve got the right idea. Each of us has the opportunity to make retirement an adventure. But rather than toast with prune juice, perhaps a glass of merlot. Happy New Year… Bill

  2. I’m a white wine person myself and it is true that babyboomers are going to make a very big impact on this country. I am on the tail end of the boomers generation. We have witnessed some astounding things in this life of ours, that our parents couln’t conceive of. My hat off to all of us braving this world of changes and continueing to make more changes in the world we live in.

  3. Pat

    Oh I so agree! Imagine having the knowledge but being young again but then you are simply as young/old as you feel.

    I am busier now than I have been. Helping DH in his business and started up a new business = so much more fun when you work for yourselves! Have noticed that we are so much more adventurous than youngsters today who are very PC – we just did things for fun, no matter whilst they hold off because there might be consequences whether for real or imaginary!

  4. Thanks for the great post, Kay! Life is a bowl of cherries, a box of chocolates, or a bag of gumdrops — it’s all good! Hugs, and see you at Mount Hermon. Love, B.J.

  5. …and we’ll share our annual hot fudge sundae!!

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