As baby boomers have aged, what have we become?

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?

Carrier Slocomb

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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  1. Max,

    Funny you mentioned not being at the top of your game yet.
    That’s exactly where I thought I was professionally speaking and then all of sudden
    I get my Welcome to AARP introductory kit! ….YGBSM! …It’s like they want you to punt on third down.
    Roadside assistance discount…don’t need it……..Photo spread of Miss Marple ..not having it.
    It’s like our friend Dennis Hopper said “You my friend , need a plan” (see plan below)

    “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty, and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming—*WOW-What a ride*!”

    Cheers to all my fellow boomers. I’m right there with you.

  2. We may not be the Greatest Generation: but we’re their children!

    We’ve been a force through every stage of our lives, from fashion to music to food to changing the way people think – think Vietnam. We’re the youngest “older” people in human history. Just think about what we can still do!

  3. Hi Carrier: You’re addressing the very question with which I’ve been grappling for several months. I’m a recently divorced baby boomer redefining myself, seeking adventure on the way, and trying to put shape to all I’m experiencing in my own blog, The Diary of the Vixen Divorcee. The world has certainly surprised me and set me on a most unexpected journey. And who would ever have thought that this boomer would become a blogger?

  4. Not quite sure what your point is here. My career has been on an upward 25 year trajectory and I’m nowhere near the top of my game yet. Onward and upward. Don’t really think boomers have been hurt any more by the current economy than anyone else. Maybe even less. I think our generational power is still limitless and I was much closer to broke, as you put it, 30 yrs ago than now.

  5. The great news, as you’ve expressed, is that our story is still being written. I think it’s impossible to evaluate a generation that is still going strong and which is now redefining aging. I am proud to be a Boomer!

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