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The Boom Boom Boomers

Born in 1954, I identify as a baby boomer. But what does that mean, really? Who exactly are we boomers? And how does the world see us? I decided to perform a quick Google search and find out.

The Boom Boom Boomers

I typed in the phrase “Boomers Are…” 

Here’s what I got:

The most selfish generation ever.

Retiring.

Reluctant to retire.

Flocking to cities.

Evil.

Doomed.

More likely to succeed as entrepreneurs.

An important target market.

Broke.

 

Sensing that I didn’t yet have the complete picture, I decided to fine-tune my results by Google-searching a few more boomer-related questions and statements:

Boomers Need to…

Live to 100.

Get over yesterday.

Consider downsizing.

Worry about the health hazards they grew up with.

Consider the shingles vaccine.

Get tested for Hepatitis C.

Retire.

Die.

Why Do Boomers…

Plan to work longer?

Wear Blue Jeans?

Hate Millennials?

Have Hepatitis C?

Love baseball?

Baby Boomers…

Want to be young.

Want to look younger.

Suck.

All Baby Boomers… 

Should be tested for Hepatitis C

Suck.

Boomers rarely… 

Stop nurturing their children.

Baby Boomers enjoy…

Hair products.

Chocolate.

The ride

Baby Boomers can…

Be ignored.

Get pregnant.

Dance.

Afford to retire.

Baby Boomers remain…

In the workforce.

Skeptical of the establishment.

Relevant.

Baby Boomers never…

Say never.

Retire.

Grow up.

Had it so good.

 

So who are we? We can dance! We can retire! (Unless we’re broke.) We can move to the city and downsize! We never grew up but we nurture our kids. We’re not young, but we want to look young.  And we really should get vaccinated for Hep C.

Is any of this accurate? Who knows? If you want to discuss it, you can find me at the ballpark. I’ll be the youthful-looking semi-retired 60-year-old offering the Millennial sitting next to me a chocolate-chip cookie and telling him to get over himself.

Previously published on Women’s Voices for Change

Roz Warren

Roz Warren writes for the New York Times, the Funny Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Jewish Forward and the Huffington Post. And she‘s been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) Her 13th humor book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692406468/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0692406468&linkCode=as2&tag=midliboule-20&linkId=Q7T2PPAVRT3PR37G">”Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection Of Library Humor,"</a> is available on Amazon.

Suzanne Fluhr

Sunday 11th of January 2015

I have a blog titled "Boomeresque" which includes a definition on the home page. It's an adjective and the first definition is: " Describing a person born between 1 Jan. 1946 and 31 Dec. 1964 " Recently I received a very annoyed email from someone born in 1954 (like I was and you are---must have been a good year), who was very upset that I dared to define Baby Boomers as being born at any time other than immediately after World War II as the term was first used in about 1947. He insisted that he would NEVER refer to himself as a baby boomer. My response basically told him to get over himself----no chocolate chip cookie. Here's what I said, "Apparently, we were born in the same year, but you are, of course, free to disassociate yourself from the term "Baby Boomer" and now that I know how you feel, I promise I will never ever refer to you as "Boomeresque".

Roz Warren

Monday 12th of January 2015

THANKS for your response, Suzanne. I'm honored. http://www.boomeresque.com/ is one of my favorite blogs.

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