The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is one of my favourite non-fiction reads. Although it’s been out for several years now, I’m still inspired by the book’s message. Despite having a totally disfunctional childhood with shockingly incompetent parents, she grew up to become what today’s society deems “a success”. When I asked her at a book launch for her second book, The Silver Star, what made her different from other people who don’t manage to rise above their circumstances, she cited her father’s recognition of her ability to do and be anything she wanted. While this may seem like a simple response, it obviously worked for her. I wonder what would have happened if her father, in view of his own mental instability had not offered this encouragement. The bottom line is she succeeded. As someone who also did well in life and in business without parental support – financially or emotionally beyond high school – and without a college or university degree, I am always respectful of people who accomplish this.
As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis