We have had the best of everything apparently. There is also concern that the BB’s are going to be a “burden on Society”.
I want to remind you all that it does not have to be that way!
Yes, we have had a good life.
We grew up being fed on mostly unprocessed food, even though a lot of it was white! Sugar was only available as something you added and not disguised in just about everything you ate.
We had jobs to go to without having to train and have qualifications. Remembering of course that because we had jobs we were paying a fair whack of tax and insurance.
We were free to roam without all the ‘elf and safety rules that are spoiling peoples enjoyment now. But we also took responsibility for our own actions, because we were allowed to!
We saw the feminist movement in action. Which was quite fierce and way out, because it needed to be. We were the generation who needed to get out there and burn our bra’s. Our women today are reaping the benefit of those brave women doing that.
We won’t even go there with the ban the bomb brigade, just remember that BB’s were there though!
It was the natural sequence of events to buy your own house, because you were in secure employment and mortgage companies believed in you. The price of housing was well within reach of a good many people’s pockets. Then we went on to benefit from the huge increase in house prices because we already had property. Remember again that they could also end up having to pay for care out of that money if they don’t stay active and vibrant.
So for many people then, being a BB puts us into a good situation. There are also many people who were not able to benefit from being born in that generation, but those of us who are strong can help them and the younger people coming along.
The same ones who are probably saying that we are going to be a burden on society!
By finding out how you can stay healthy, or become it, and by being an Elder, who uses their wisdom, creativity, energy and strength, and not sit back and just be “old.”
The Baby Boomer generations are those born between 1948 and 1960 (roughly speaking!)
So, some are already retired, some are coming up to retirement, some still have 15 years or so of a working life. These are the ones who say that they will leave it until later. But time waits for no man! Start your preparations now, look at it as insurance!
There are changes afoot within government, with them expecting people now to work until they are coming up to seventy. For many this is a good thing. They can carry on working and will be able to pick up a bigger pension when they do retire. For others, who do not have as much energy it can be a challenge.
Someone pointed out to me this morning that as a primary school teacher she does not want to be looking after small children every day at getting on for 70!
On a personal note, I have become a Life Coach in my older years and qualified for this at the age of 68. Because I want to be a useful member of society and earning some money to keep myself independent.
So you see the downside of being a BB is that we are now having to deal with changes affecting our wellbeing.
But we can show ’em what we are made of! Becoming conscious, aware and recognise that we can make better choices.
The main thing to bear in mind is that Baby Boomers are an enlightened generation. We are blessed now just as we have been in the past, because we have seen changes and are more able to accomodate those changes than previous generations.
We are also in a new spiritual dimension. Most of us have a choice of what to believe in and we are recognising our inner selves and our part in the “Universe” (See my previous blogs on the Laws of the Universe)
We are also able to recognise that we are valued and therefore as we age we can be a valued member of society and not tucked away just passing time until we die. We can make a valuable contribution to this world.
Yes there are some downsides to being a Baby Boomer, but yesterday I took part in a programme on my local radio discussing this, and the overall conclusion was that we have been a generation who have enjoyed all the good things in life.
There was some concern expressed about pensions, and low interest rates, and that is a valid point. But just as we need to accept and embrace our ageing, we also need to learn to live within those financial boundaries.
With the use of the internet and all the information that is available, we have no excuse not to find out how we can have a happy, fulfilled and creative Eldership.
If you want to know more, have a look at the blogs and information on my Website.
Let’s carry on passing these good things onto younger human beings, and use our Eldership for their benefit. We can be good for this world and not “a burden on society”.
“We will overcome” was a popular song in the 60’s. We will overcome and accept our ageing with vitality, energy and strength, and we will not go quietly! Let us get back the spirit of Burning Bras and Banning the bomb!
If you want more inspiration may I point you in the direction of a book. “Do Not Go Quietly” by Selina and George Cappanelli.
Let us be Conscious Elders!
So come on Baby Boomers, start preparing the way to show ’em that we are going to be an asset to society not a burden! Let us be Ageing with Vitality.
Join in the discussion on “Ageing With Vitality.”