BOOMERBROADcast

Baby Boomer's social commentary on life in OUR sixties for those who rocked life in THE sixties.

I’ve become one of them

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We’ve all been on the receiving end of laments from individuals older than ourselves about how things were soooo different in their day. In addition to surprising myself by now reading the editorials and op-ed pages in the daily newspaper (it’s because I care), I’m sadly now one of those people who rolls her eyes at today’s youth and moans about how it’s so different from when I was young. You know how it works:

“I can’t believe 10-year-olds have cell phones. When I was a kid we only had one phone for 14 people in our house – and it was a party-line shared with half a Party linedozen neighbours.” or nylons

“When I was in high school, the girls all had to wear skirts and dresses every day, with nylons and garter belts.” or

“Our parents never drove us anywhere. We walked or rode our bikes – without helmets – or we’d never go anywhere – and my one-and-only two-wheeler was third-hand.”

“I only had one winter coat and one pair of winter boots and they had to last two or three years.”

My Dad made a comment the other day about how each generation’s lifestyle is easier and better than the previous one’s and how that’s a good thing. It reminded me to stop whining about the perceived injustices and celebrate the improvements instead. Leaving home at the age of 17 and moving to Toronto by myself to start working for a living cuts no ice with those who happily live at home free-of-charge until they’re 30. Oops – did it again. Sorry.

They really weren’t the good old days – today’s days are ‘way better. Anyway, I would like to share with you one of my favourite Monty Python skits with four Yorkshiremen talking about how they’ve improved their lot in life. It always makes me laugh – hope you do too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13JK5kChbRw.

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Author: Lynda Davis

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

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