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How Baby Boomers Can Still Change the World

I am a baby boomer.  I live in that nebulous zone between finding work and retiring. But when I do retire, it will be from making money at a job and not retiring from an active life.

This is an important distinction: Retiring conjures up the image of a person getting up late, taking walks, growing tomatoes.  There’s nothing wrong with any of these things…except if that’s all you believe is left for you.

My mother-in-law runs a thriving business as she approaches her eighth decade.

And you think you’re too old to do what, exactly?

We know there is the impatient “pacing” of each younger generation, as they wait for the older generation to disappear: “You had your turn…now step aside.”  And if that pressure isn’t enough, we live with the snake oil salespeople who tell us over and over again that they have the elixir to keep us looking and feeling young…as if they know what we want!  In fact, it’s what they want: To capitalize on our fears of getting old.

 George Bernard Shaw

Shaw went on to say that “It takes most of us a long time to realize the scope and possibilities of life, good and bad.”  Wisdom gained…And the value of that wisdom is immeasurable in an age when we want to measure the value of everything.  But our collective wisdom is useless…unless we find ways to share it.

Could this be a reason to dive into social media?

I believe this is our generational challenge: We can obliterate the demarcation point in our lives called retirement and continue to change the world.

As Dylan Thomas said:

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rage at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

 

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