This is Definitely NOT Our Parents' Old Age

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  1. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    Baby Boomers throughout history have defined events and added new dimensions to social mores.  Because of us Baby Boomers, there were greater liberalization of gender roles, sexuality, career, and socioeconomic opportunities.  Hell, we even defined middle age.   To us Baby Boomers, middle age is the second beginning of life.  Contrast that to our parents' definition of middle age which was considered the beginning to the end.   Now we are defining old age, old age to us is just another continuum to life.   We refuse to cease and desist,  we are exploring newer ways to do things even into our advance old age.  Further we Baby Boomers won't stop until we are no longer on the physical plane.   As I get older, I become much juicy.  Are you with me on this?

    1. Will Apse profile image90
      Will Apseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I reckon Baby Boomers getting old is also why the world has gotten less adventurous.
      Old people don't much like experimentation, parties or social revolutions.
      Haight Ashbury won't be happening again any time soon.
      Guns and triple chained doors are more of a trend.

      1. gmwilliams profile image83
        gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Speak for yourself.  I am of the never say die school.  I will continue to do as I please and will always explore newer avenues whether it is philosophies, food, lifestyles, and places until I CEASE and no longer on the earth plane!

  2. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 6 years ago

    Good points! I remember when my mom was my age, she had the typical "old lady" hair-do. The Baby Boomers are definitely a lot different than the Greatest Generation - in good ways and bad.

    1. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Me too.  When our mothers (the Greatest Generation or the G.I. generation according to Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of Generations among other books) reached middle age, they began to shift their ideology and perspectives.  They realized that they were getting old and started to dress and act "their age."   They believed that they were near death and that middle age is the beginning of death.   Many of them became quite dejected, yearning for younger days as they believed that their "best years" have passed.

      However, many of us boomers believe that middle age is the beginning of life.  We have more things to explore and to be.  We refused to dress "old" but we will not dress like our daughters also. We dress "our age" but with a funkier and edgy style.  We also believe that our "best" years are not behind us but there are more exciting things ahead.  Age is just a number.  Also age is also an attitude.


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