Our parents grabbed the title “Greatest Generation.” But while it can be easy to forget, ours has been pretty great too. That’s what Carrier Slocomb writes about in this essay about our generation: Dig A Little Deeper.
As flighty as this may sound, what would you be doing if you weren’t here? Even while it sounds like something I might have asked in the ‘sixties,’ it may still be relevant. Maybe you’re in a bad place because everything you relied on – job, spouse, 401K, health, and home – has fallen through? Or could you be in a much better place?
You’ve shed previous chains and anchors and you’re curious, though a little frightened, about what the future holds, right? No matter, you can take some comfort in the fact that there are a whole lot of us on this ship. Boomers will be 26% of America for years to come and that, quite frankly, gives us power.
So excuse the muscle flexing, but it can’t be helped. Have you noticed how much bad press we boomers draw? Google the phrase ‘boomers responsible for…’ and what comes up is some nasty, exaggerated stuff that’s failed, been damaged, or was completely consumed by us. You get the feeling no one’s going to call us the “Greatest Generation” ever. We still hold authority though, and we can still make a huge impact on society.
In the past, our power seemed limitless; exercising our own free will worked for us for years. True, we’re older now, and many of us are closer to broke, not farther, but it ain’t over yet!
Sometimes we forget what we were once worthy of – our generation gave the world hallmarks like transparent politics, a greener, cleaner planet, alternative energies, and explosive technology to name just a few? The vibrant, tech-heavy economy that defeats so many of us is due to our embrace, not those born after Gates and Jobs began their success. So when the young’uns growl and beat their chests, remember the part you served.
They say economies are like new restaurants that people crowd into for a time, then make famous, and then abandon when the menu, once so elite, becomes too familiar for them. Our work careers are like trips up and down the old sledding hill; we really shouldn’t be surprised by any more bumps.
Of course we can’t turn the clock back, speed the economy up, or slow technology down; however, we can lead by example. We can still effectively be here, so when you’re digging down looking for courage, dig higher than you normally would.
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