From the moment we took our first breath, those of us born between the years 1946 and 1964 have occupied a unique place in American society. Our sheer numbers – more than 70 million – demand that folks pay attention to us.
We were the first children raised “by the book;” remember Dr. Spock? We turned the country on its head during our turbulent adolescence and young adulthood. And now we’re redefining what it means to be middle-aged in America. We are determined to stay relevant, both socially and politically; we strive to stay active, both mentally and physically and we remain intense, both sexually and emotionally.
Although he was no baby boomer, poet Dylan Thomas captured our sentiment:
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Okay, that’s a bit heavy. Let’s try French author Andre Maurois:
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
or how ’bout this from baseball great Satchel Paige:
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Exactly! Being a bohemian boomer means living your life free from conventional “rules of aging.” Who says you have to change your attitude, your personal tastes, your behavior at 40…at 50…at 60?
Act your age? Never!
Act up? Oh, you can count on it!