Boomer Or Zoomer On being Sixty plus
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.