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The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of the Baby-Boomers

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The United States Census Bureau considers a Baby-Boomer someone born during the demographic birth boom between 1943 and 1964.

Therefore today’s Baby-Boomers are between 45 and 66 years old. The Baby-Boomer generation had its heyday and now begrudgingly passes the baton to the seemingly irresponsible Hip-hop generation – not that most Baby-Boomers were responsible in their youth because that’s not the case.  However, Baby Boomers were the first generation to declare Women’s Liberation and experience the birth control pill. Baby-Boomers were first to experience breast implants, socially acceptable single motherhood, socially acceptable marijuana use, and to invite homosexuals out of the closet.

However the rah, rah, rah, of the Boomers toned down with the arrival of their retirement years and social security checks, yet they are still setting standards. Today male Baby-Boomers are the first group of older men to use unashamedly talk about impotency and their female counterpart are the first group of older women to publicly swing to a TV commercial jiggle declaring, “When I grow up I want to be an old woman,” as they come to grips with their mortality.

The thought of being a senior person no longer give seniors the jitters as in the days when older people were considered only fit for a rocking chair.

Baby-Boomers refuse to silently cower in corner of the society that they created.  Most Baby-Boomers are even comfortable with the idea of being single in their sunset years. Later this year, I will be 63-years-old, and though there’s no longer a blazing flame in my groins there is a flickering pilot light and as the gospel song goes, “This lil light of mine, I’m going let it shine.” I see myself as an ex-athlete may see himself.  For example: The Oakland A’s owners would not pay a hundred dollars in Monopoly money to have 63 years old Hall-of-Fame inductee, Reggie Jackson back-at-bat; however, Jackson surely realizes that he is a valuable source of baseball wisdom.  Seniors must realize that although we have indeed depreciated in physical agility, our intangible assets are priceless.  A 50 or 60-year-old bottle of wine or a 50 or 60-year-old automobile could be a priceless or worthless item, partially depending on its condition but mainly on its history. A senior with an extraordinary and/or accomplished past would forever have solidified value. If a $10 dollar bottle of wine were discovered in the cellar of the Titanic, it would be worth tens of thousands of dollars at an auction house because of the history. The X-100 1961 Lincoln that JFK was assassinated in though nearly a half-century-old is priceless.  Most seniors are valuable cornerstones of society and have overcome great odds. Seniors should proudly yet humbly stand on the knowledge of their charitable deeds, personal accomplishments, and exemplary examples set and roads paved for society. Only a powerful soul can afford to be humble.  If we are weak, then we become arrogant.  If we are empty, we take; but if we are filled, we automatically give to all. That is the nature of progress and eternal life.

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