Baby Boom generation experiences

             

 

Updated January 15, 2014

Baby Boom Generation Experiences

As Boomers, we are not just defined by the happenstance of our date of birth, but by the events and people who shaped our lives. As children we heard the early sounds of rock-and-roll belted out by  people like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Then we experienced the Beatles, Beach Boys, and maybe the hippie lifestyle. The Vietnam War stamped those who were in it and those who protested it.

Baby Boom generation

Baby Boom generation

Baby Boom generation

The world continued to grow up around us. Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, and Watergate happened. We graduated from school, went to work, and began to deal with it all. Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson were there. The first personal computers were pushed along by Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve  Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Most of us got married and began to raise children, bought the home, and settled in for the long haul. 

The plight of the world began to take a back seat to the immediate demands of a growing career and our growing family. The stock market, real estate, and things named 401K and IRA began to weigh more heavily on our decisionmaking. We were pleasantly surprised by the rising value of the things we owned. That is, until a big reality check came in 2008 with the economic crisis, and the bottom virtually fell out of the markets.

 

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Welcome!  You are a Baby Boomer if you were born between 1946 and 1964. Together we grew up sharing experiences, special people, and great music. We also share some current challenges and an open future ahead of us. Boomers Life is about awakening the desire among Boomers to do things with the great life we have. This is our world, and welcome to it.

-- Boomerguy

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2008-2014 Boomers Life

 

We just woke up one day, and here we are.

Now we get invitations from the AARP to become a member....and are positive there must be some mistake, because they're only supposed to send those to old people. Thoughts about retirement are something that cannot be put off as easily as before. People are able to start collecting Social Security benefits at age 62, and some Boomers have already crossed that threshold.

Some of us look forward to those coming retirement years with a sense of joy and a long list of vacation trips we want to take. Others took a whack by the economic crisis and find that joy abated somewhat. And others may feel a touch of dread at no longer having the status and assurance of that daily work.

We are facing a time of adjustments, it's true. But they are not all bad ones, by a long shot. Once we were more like free spirits, graduating from school with great expectations, caring quite a bit about the people around us, and maybe wanting to make the world a little better. Full time work and supporting the family may have compressed that down to a smaller part of our life. But we still remember it when a favorite song plays from back in the day. 

Maybe as we near the end of the full-time-work years, that music can begin to play a little more often. The younger version of us who wanted to do all those things may still be there. Almost certainly we have a lot more funds to do things with now than we did back then. The people who shared all these same experiences throughout our life are still there somewhere, fellow Boomers who are also waking up and wondering what to do next. Maybe its time to get in touch and open some conversation lines with other Boomers. Figure out what comes next. Stir up a little trouble, stir up a little fun, open up some good reasons to look forward to those coming years.

It's your world. Maybe it's time to take possession.

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Baby Boom Anthem

"Help!" by John Lennon

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me?

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

John Lennon

John Lennon

from the Darfur album cover

Boomers Are Everywhere

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Our purpose is to help rebuild the Boomer community, and our justifiable pride in it, as well as to enjoy a better life for ourselves and those important to us. May all the best be yours.

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