I remember when I turned 21.
I felt sooooo grown up! At last I was ‘of age’ and it felt wonderful. I had just finished my undergraduate Science degree and I was ready to hit the world!
The freedom! The excitement of what was to come! My life was all ahead of me.
At that stage I could never imagine turning 60. For goodness sake, my parents were only in their early 40s at the time (and I thought they were ancient)…….so 60 was super duper, one foot in the grave ancient. That is the age when people retired with a gold watch after a long career of some kind and then waited to die, playing a few rounds of bowls in the meantime.
Then ……it seems like a couple of moments went by…… BOOM….and here I am myself at almost 60!
Click! Just like that! And…..I don’t really feel much different to the younger me on the inside.
I certainly don’t feel OLD!!
I am a Baby Boomer (people born between 1946 and 1965) and there are many of us due to a population explosion after WW2. We are now between the ages of 52-71.
Things have changed dramatically in the world since we were born. Paradigms certainly have shifted.
There was the swinging 60s when the pill was invented and feminism came into its own. Attitudes to sex became more relaxed. The Vietnam War changed attitudes. There was the tech boom and it continues to accelerate. Information has become easy to access and share with the advent of the internet and social media. International travel has become cheaper and more accessible. The world has opened up!
Being such a large percentage of the population, the Baby Boomers have a big say in what happens in the market place. There are whole industries that cater to us.
No longer do we want to retire necessarily. In fact, many of us can’t afford to anyway. We want to continue to live active and productive lives; travelling, being an active part of our grand children’s lives as well as having thriving businesses and volunteering. These are all fundamental to the way we Baby Boomers want to live life.
At the age when our parents and grandparents were slowing down and even dying, we are just shifting gears, getting ready for the next phase of excitement.
People are living longer and life expectations of the Baby Boomers are profoundly different from those of previous generations. At the age of 60, I can see another 30 to 40 years ahead of me …… at least.
I am not going to sit in a rocking chair and wait to die…even when I get to 90! I still want to be travelling the world, going on adventures, dancing, running my business and helping others ……under my terms!
That is what I want!
At 60 I feel like I am still 40……or even 21…..
Let’s just say that 60 is the new 40!
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