Once you hit 50, would you really want to be 30 again anyway?

What exactly do they mean when they say “blank is the new blank” anyway?

I just read a blog post from a famous website that said something about 50 being the new 30. Did they author mean that I’m more like a 30 year old than the 50 year old person she was at 50?

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The point of the article had something to do with the older boomers (herself included) identifying with their “needs” and changing society according to those needs while the younger boomers (like myself) benefiting from “society’s adjustment to those needs”.  She was trying to say that the older boomers ‘paved the way’ with societal breakthroughs and changes, such as womens’ rights, while the younger boomers reaped the benefits of society accepting the breakthroughs and changes.

Part of this theory I can agree with.

The part about the younger…if 50’s are to be considered younger…having her to thanks..not so much.

Do we have solely older boomers to thank for advancements in perceptions and society? What about our mother’s? They were the ones who started the wave of women going to college, working outside the home, and dressing for practicality (good-bye girdles- hello pants). The women who manned work force while the men were away at war during WWII- were they boomers? Didn’t society adjusting to changes in itself as a whole have something to do with the change in attitude?

It was a shame that the author eloquently tried to equate boomers in their 50’s to 30 year olds- who may even be the same age as the children of older boomers. Or, was it just a typical boomer, according to those who study and write about boomers, being self-absorbed. Maybe the older boomers are the real boomers and the 50 something boomers are simple a group without their own generation.

Once you hit 50, would you really want to be 30 again anyway?

I’m not sure that I would want to be 30 again. I’ve learned a lot and have grown a lot from my experience since I was 30.  30 year olds today seem to have their own generational issues, according to those who study and write about them. These issues are too much for me to want to have in my self-absorbed boomer world. Do you think the 50 year olds had anything to do with these issues?

 

Five things I have learned about baby boomers

It’s like we are part of a secret club made up of the largest demographic around.

 

If you were born postwar, 1946 – 1964, then you know what I mean.

I us to think everyone was talking about our demographic until I found out that, as a baby boomer, my reality is the thought that everything is rotating around me. It is true that no other demographic has been talked about as much as ours but, consider this, we were brought into this world during an era that had not been paralleled.

 

We brought on the middle class, equal rights, major changes in technology and inventions such as air conditioning. We are living longer than our parents and doing it while we are taking on our parents and out children. No wonder why we believe that the world is rotating around us.

Five things I heave learned about baby boomers

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1.  With nearly 80 million of us, we do have some buying power.

So why does it seem as if the advertising and the malls are geared towards our children?

2. We are the ones who seem to always question everything.

It all started with the Viet Nam draft. Look where questioning wars got us.

3. We love to spend our money.

That could have something to do with our depression era parents saving their money just in case the depression ever returned. This meant that we had few cool things growing up and possibly inherited a bit of cash to blow.

4. We are the caregivers.

We are taking care of that aging ‘greatest generation’ as they age past their parents’ as well as our children as they live at home longer than ever before.

 5. We’ve witnessed more society-changing events than any other generation before us.

Think about it. The list is long. In our lifetimes we’ve seen;

  • the first television
  • the civil rights movement
  • the first man walking on the moon
  • equal rights
  • war/peace
  • the growth of the middle class and suburbia
  • cell phones
  • the internet

 

You have to wonder what else we will learn about ourselves.