Boomer Or Zoomer On being Sixty plus

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I turned sixty some time back, not that long ago, but not last week either. It was a period of liberation and release and to some extent surprise. If I thought that I was going to live this long and hopefully much longer still, I would have taken better care of my body but overall I have managed to reach this point without many problems and no serious regrets.

 

 

No regrets, that is right. I like who I am and where I am and the things that I have experienced have shaped me and made me unique as no on else has had exactly the same experiences.

 

 

Change is natural and takes place whether you want it to or not, what we can do is direct that change or at the very least open our minds to its existence and make the plans we want. I do spend time setting out a plan, a course of action or if you like a map: the reason is I like to have some say in where my life is heading and how I spend my days. I ought to say invest rather than spend.

 

 

One thing that has changed is my music listening preference. I still enjoy the Who but am more likely to put on a Louis Armstrong CD.

 

 

No regrets as I have no desire to go back and change any events in my past, it is not possible anyway so why waste time thinking about it. What is, is and all one can do is accept and make the most of each day. I tend to trust to luck and exhibit gratitude as a way of being rather than wishing and hoping.

 

 

Sociologists and advertisers like to categorize people put them in boxes so that they can predict what they mad do or buy. My generation, a great tune by the way, are know as boomers or more recently zoomers.

 

 

Baby boomers as those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964. A zoomer is a boomer with zip.

 

 

Now my zip is just fine but neither of these terms means much to me, they fail to come even close to defining what I like and don’t like and how I choose to spend my time. Getting back to music while there are groups, singers and tunes I do enjoy over others, in general if it makes my foot tap it is cool.

 

 

When it comes to movies I am a sucker for a good love story nothing sappy but Three to Tango and Love Actually come to mind. They are charming and well done. I also like animation, science fiction, action adventure and classics, mostly 50s and 60s films.

 

 

I was born before television was in every home but find very few of the old shows worth watching; in fact while we own two TV sets we do not have cable or a dish or even an antennae the sets are for DVDs and VHS which I still collect.

 

 

The 50s home I grew up in had two parents working and my Nanny did much of the child raising. She began teaching me how to cook when I was nine.

 

 

I know far too many people who are pre-occupied by aging, they dread birthdays but don’t mind the presents. Growing older is a natural process and does not have to mean you are getting old and perhaps, most important of all, growing old sure beats the hell out of the alternative.

 

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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Well put, Bob! I have to admit that I'm surprised that you are over 60, though. You've obviously done okay where that's concerned.

I learned something from you today. I didn't know that I'm a zoomer. Sounds more lively than boomer, I guess. My taste in music hasn't really changed a lot, but in my case if it wasn't for the fact that I like a few of the newer songs, I'd be stuck in a 50's/60's rut.

Anyway, I think that old adage, "You're only as old as you feel," is correct. You seem to have that well down pat.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for the kind words Shirely and I agee you are as old as you feel.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Bob,

Like Shirley I never knew that I might be a zoomer on any given day. I watched an old Bob Dylan concert last night on TV just the same. TV usually makes me fall asleep but I was tapping my foot!

It seems we have something in commen, you expressed my feelings very close in the second paragraph. This hub is inspirational in an odd sort of way. Thanks for sharing. C.S.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I like that an odd sort of way, feels right.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Hi, Bob. I admire your way of thinking. While I am waaaay too young to be a boomer (2 whole years!), I don't fear aging, either. As I've said a thousand times, I've earned every one of my gray hairs, and I wear them like a badge of honor!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Grey hairs what grey hairs?:)


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Oh, maybe I meant gray hares...


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

or grey jackalopes?


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

Bob, I can relate to your Hub a great deal, and I consider myself a "zoomer" also. I have the thinking that if you think your old , then you'll be old. Age is just a number that each one of us happens to be at; don't let it dictate your life and what your goals are is my philosophy.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

That is a wise philosophy, thanks for the visit.


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Susie Writes 7 years ago from Northern California

Hi Bob! Another good hub. I always say the exact same things you wrote in your hub - that I like who I am today and good or bad, all my experiences have made me who I am and that getting older beats the alternative. But I have to admit that sometimes when my back is hurting or my knees are cracking, I cave and say how much it sucks.

I have found that the older I get, the more injuries I sustain. My brain tells me I am still young so I try to do all the things I always did. But now I get hurt more often and it takes forever to heal.

I also don't indulge in tequila very much anymore. That last hangover several years ago was all I needed to make me realize things just ain't the same anymore.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

The aches and pains are a pain but are part of the package so I just keep on keepin on. Thanks for the visit.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

My birth certificate says I was born in that timeframe but I've never believed it. At this very moment I would have to add on my fingers how old I am, lol and I don't think I really want to know. Thanks anyways Bob!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Dottie surely you can't be a day over 25.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

You are right Bob and I'm a LIAR!


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You, no!


patspnn 7 years ago from NYC

I like this I didn't start enjoying jazz until i was in my forties, I 'm a boomer too so after reading you I don't feel bad about becoming sixty and beyond.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the visit.

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