A Baby Boomer Blog Day 1

By Tomwsulcer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Tomwsulcer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Good and the Bad of Middle Age

I had a birthday recently. I am now 54 years old.

It is not uncommon for people my age to spend a lot of time reflecting on the course of our lives. We are "middle age" people, which is a kind of passage. It is the age when we have to acknowledge that half of our lives are over, but half of it still has to be lived. And with that realization we have to decide if that glass is half empty or half full.

It was not that long ago that I was a teenager who was full of dreams and the expectations of life. I went forward with whatever tools that I was given. I had the naiveté of my youth and a strong desire not to become my parents.

The next thing that I knew, I found myself here. I have achieved some things, and some things joined the realm of what will never be. Sometimes when I look in the mirror, it is really difficult to see the person that I am. I still am strongly influenced by the images of my inner child. I have trouble sometimes acknowledging that the wrinkled face and the gray hair belong to me.

But then, there are the other times, the times that I see the person that I’ve become with gratitude, and with the desire to make the most of the years that I have left.

A person of middle age is in the unique position. We have time left to live, but we also have the experience of a few decades already lived. We have stories to tell and lessons already learned, yet we still have the opportunity to fulfill our dreams. What a special time it is!

Since my birthday I have enjoyed some of the privileges of my age. I have ordered off the senior menu at my favorite restaurant. I have made one of my sister’s children help me up the stairs (although I probably didn’t need it), and I have used my grandmother’s excuse for times that I felt I needed to be brutally honest with someone.

And though there are disadvantages as well, I don’t feel that I am old enough to worry about them yet.

Life is grand, isn’t it?

First Lunar Landing

Kennedy Shot

First Computer

Six Years Have Passed

I’m 60 now. Six years have passed since I first wrote this blog. I’m 60 now, and a lot has happened between now and then.

For one thing, I am starting to feel the effects of my age. I no longer have a doctor. Now, I have to have a team. They’re draining my pocketbook with all their layered consultations, but the quality of my life is just as much up to me as it ever was. For one thing, the arteries are clogging. I have yet to succeed at the weight loss that I seek. I think that before now I didn’t realize just how important it was. Now I am back at it, because I am running out years to live, and success in that area will allegedly lengthen my days.

It’s not all bad. More and more, I find that I need to, no, I want to, make the most of every day. To that end, I have returned back to college, and I am on the verge of earning my Bachelor’s degree. I will seek my Masters so that I can write with increasing skill. I also hope to do some teaching. A lot of people think that I’m crazy, because I have added a great deal of debt that will be very difficult for me to pay before I’m dead, but I think it was worth it. This is an experience that I have wanted all my life. It’s a checkmark on my bucket list.

I am going to go through all these hubs and try to make them better. I want them to be an enjoyable read. I also hope that I can enrich the lives of other Baby Boomers like me.


Car Phones

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Our Soldiers Abroad

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A Question

Where were you when JFK was shot? It is amazing how many baby boomers know exactly what they were doing in that moment.

Boomer History

One thing all boomers have in common is that we have seen a lot of history.

In my lifetime the following things have changed:

  • · Technology has rapidly expanded. I first spoke to someone over the phone by use of the party line telephone. How many of you remember that one? And do you remember the old car phones? Now, almost everyone as a smart phone in their pocket (even people who can afford a room).
  • · The moon is no longer beyond our reach. I remember that I was even allowed to have a day off from school on the condition that I would watch the lunar landing. Now, our goal is to land a man on Mars. We are also continually sending satellites to the outer perimeter of our solar system. We are determined to find out if there are newer and better ways to expand our reach.
  • · Assassinations are very commonplace in Boomer history. In the attached video of the top 10 assassinations of all time, half of them occurred during my lifetime.
  • · Television and social media have greatly expanded our ability to communicate with each other. I remember when the creation of a “fourth network” was a joke. Now there are thousands of channels around the world, and that does not include YouTube videos and channels. When I was born, Facebook was just a twinkle in God’s eyes, but now I can talk to my relatives and friends around the world for no more than whatever I pay in Internet fees. I am most amazed by this.
  • · Terrorism has sadly become a fact of everyone’s life. When I was a child, we did not have to lock the door. We had a big German Shepherd named Amos who would guard us if our parents weren’t home. Now, if you leave your children home alone, it is possible that the government might take them. We are no longer completely safe in our homes, even here in America. With all this going on the talk of impending Armageddon has become commonplace. Our civil liberties are being trampled upon. Yet, I would rather live here in the US and anywhere else in the world.

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