Just one of us.
Just one of us.

The death of Alan Thicke hit me with a thud I didn’t expect. The multi-talented Canadian had a fatal heart attack at the age of sixty-nine while playing hockey with his son Carter. It’s not that Thicke was particularly iconic or important in my life, in fact I think it’s the fact he flew below the radar that affected me so much. He was just a guy from Kirkland Lake who loved hockey and all things Canadian, who left home as most Boomers did after high school to seek their fortunes where there were jobs and opportunities. And now he’s gone. Just like that.

Baby Boomers have always felt invincible. We’re the healthiest generation ever. We’re still rockin’ and rollin’, playing tennis and hockey and except for a few creaks and groans, we think we have many years still ahead of us. Alan Thicke’s death was a smack upside the head, reminding us that life is fragile and can be taken suddenly and unexpectedly in an instant. Alan Thicke was the same age I am now, and healthy.

It’s a reminder to treasure each day as a gift. As I look around me at my husband, my friends, my family, I’m more conscious of the fragility and preciousness of each one of them and the life we live. I plan to work harder at appreciating these gifts and valuing every day I’m given, at least until this Boomer also earns her wings.

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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

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. This article reminded me of something I saw the other day…….The past is history, the future is a mystery, and today is a gift…..that is why we call it the “present:”
    Gail from Oakville

    1. Beautifully said. Thanks.

      Sent from my iPad Lynda Davis Follow me at: boomerbroadcast.net


  2. Amen

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