Baby boomers … Who are we, really?

For better or worse — and some would say, for better and worse … we baby boomers have changed the world. Sandra Scott has looked at the way others look at us, and come up with a new perspective by asking, Who Are We, Really?

Sandra Scott

Do you consider yourself to be annoying, childish, frivolous, grandiose, greedy, hedonistic, hypocritical, impatient, judgmental, materialistic, narcissistic, obnoxious, rude, selfish, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, spoiled, youth-obsessed, whiny?

Whew! Those have been some of the labels used to describe the Baby Boomer generation. On a more positive note, other labels you’ll often see are determined, diverse, educated, egalitarian, environmentally aware, idealistic (or is that supposed to be negative?), inclusive, nonconformist, open-minded, optimistic, resourceful, smart, tolerant, and tribunes of change.

Then sometimes there’s also irreverently liberal and liberally irreverent!

From my point of view, a few descriptive words cannot accurately encompass 76 million people. I believe Boomers have a lot to offer the world with our wit and wisdom. Hopefully you will agree when you read these tidbits from a few of our leading-edge (chronologically and otherwise) boomers:

Candice Bergen

  • “One way around the limits we set for ourselves is to imagine you will live until at least ninety. If you’re fifty and take up the guitar today, at ninety you will have been playing forty years!”—Naomi Judd
  • “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever…”—Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior
  • “Pain doesn’t go away. It waits patiently to be healed. The deeper the wound, the more work it takes.”—Suzanne Somers
  • “While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die—whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.”—Gilda Radner 1946-1989
  • “Your life is shaped by the opportunities you turn down as well as by those you seize.”—President Bill Clinton
  • “It takes a long time to grow up. Longer than they tell you.”—Candice Bergen
  • “Education can help children see beyond a world of hate and hopelessness.”—Laura Bush
  • “You know, money don’t make you smart. Money don’t make you happy. But it can make you comfortable if you’re smart enough to be happy.” —Dolly Parton
  • “The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.”—Marilyn vos Savant
  • “Risk-taking is also a part of staying true—and perhaps experience teaches us which risks are the most worthwhile.”—Susan Sarandon

These quotations, and many more, are in Sandee’s book, Bloomin’ Boomers: Pop Culture Legacy of the Vanguard Baby Boomers. Connect with Sandra online at


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