Have you noticed that on any forms you fill out, they have a box for 20-30; 30-40; 40-50; 50-65 (or similar)
When it comes to age 65, we are counted as +
What does that mean to you?
What it means to me is that society, in general, dismisses the over 65’s as a number when everything becomes indefinite.
Over 65’s, in general, have become indefinite, written off, uncertain about the future, invisible.
But I am working on making certain that any of that will not apply to me.
Over 65 is an important passage in life, and in these modern days, we could still live another thirty or more years. That is a lot of years to dismiss eh?
What about you?
Is it time to change all that?
After all, if the Government want us to work until we are 70 or even more, why put 65+ on forms, some of which are important to our welfare, such as insurance.
What can you do as an individual? Could you be a spark to the fire that helps to change that thinking?
We will show them that there is no such thing as 65+
We are still an important number.
Many people in my circle are still coming up with visions and new enterprises for the future at age 65 +!
There are some Facebook groups that you could join, to help start the ball rolling. Ageing with Vitality and The Silver Tent are just two of them. There is also one called Humorous Ageing if laughing about it takes your fancy. Here are the links.
Baby Boomers are go, go go!! We will Age with Vitality! Let’s show ’em!
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 goquietly! 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.
I have had a light bulb moment, after watching “Call The Midwife” tonight!
When I passed my full length mirror tonight I suddenly saw myself in a different perspective!
My tummy was its usual size; (round not flat). My bum was its usual size (always perceived it to be too big). My boobs still needed an uplift! But suddenly I felt good about my reflection. Perhaps it is all the hard work that I’ve put in over the last few years with self acceptance beginning to have its effects. Then I got to thinking.
My mind went back to a picture of the forties and fifties. The popular TV series “Call The Midwife” honed in on these decades. Were women a different shape then? Or was it a case that they were more accepting of the shape they were?
The average size of women then were around the size 14/16 mark and not the 6/8 as women expect to be nowadays.
Earlier in the day I was in a store, in the city and was browsing through the special Sale items of clothing. As usual most of the bargains were in a size 6, 8 or 10. So what does that say about sizing? To me it says that if the store is selling off its surplus stock then the ones that they have sold successfully are the bigger sizes. Which in turn leads me to believe that most women are still in a size 12, 14 or 16. Because funnily enough the other sizes that they seemed to have plenty of were 18 and over.
We are led to believe that the smaller sizes are the normal ones, and that is what we should be aiming for. What’s more I find that the majority are women aiming to get down to that size. Life is passing them by while they are in pursuit of trying to be smaller.
Most of these women become chronic dieters, Bulimics, Anorexics and can even develop compulsive behaviour disorders. They become obsessed with weighing themselves, exercising and starving. Worried constantly about what to eat or not to eat, almost hating parties, family occasions and eating out with friends.
When I saw the tiny clothes in the store, waiting for all these perfect women to come and buy them, and then looked in the mirror this evening and saw my size 14 body, I suddenly realised that I am just a normal sized woman.
I have reached a stage where I can enjoy my food without guilt or hang ups at long last. I can enjoy my Real Food, keep away from processed foods, keep my carbohydrate to a sensible limit and never have to diet again!
I would like you to know how it can be done.
Would you like to feel like that? Or does the thought fill you with horror?
Food for thought?
Love from the new me!
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