Lucky enough to live past our prime
Iâ€™m appalled by the â€śBoomer bashingâ€ťÂ being spewed about on the internetÂ and television talk shows.
Okay.Â I admit it. Iâ€™m a Baby Boomer and a card carrying member of the generation of â€śwar babiesâ€ť born between between Jan. 1, 1946 and Dec. 31, 1964. If I had my druthers, I would have been born in 1970 and barely be turning 40 right now.Â (If I had known I would live this long, I wouldâ€™ve taken better care of myself, too.)
Instead, I am fighting to stay on top of inflation andÂ pinching pennies to be able toÂ leave someÂ dwindlingÂ assets to my children.Â
Our generation has been much malignedÂ as the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in U.S. history.
Hey, hey.Â Hold on a minute. Not all of us were draft-dodging, toke- smoking, free-loving, bra-burners who are stealing our childrenâ€™sâ€™ financial future and destroying our planet.Â How can anyone blame that on an entireÂ generation that barely spans 16 years?
Some of us got married, raised families,Â worshipedÂ in the churches of our choice, Â held down jobs and volunteered tirelessly for community projects. We fell into bed exhausted at the end of the day, then got up the next morning and did it all over again.Â We did the best we could with the information we had.
Whatâ€™s getting on the last nerve of every other generation is that each day about 10,000 of us are reaching retirement age and beginning to collect social security into which we paid for the lastÂ 40 plusÂ years.Â
I think itÂ irritates them that some ofÂ us are lucky enough to live past our prime.Â Â Â Recently, I bought aÂ birthday cardÂ forÂ folks born in 1947Â and itÂ stated life expectancy at that time was a mere 62.Â Â Â How dare us defy those odds? Â We are shameful lot.
May I apologize for enjoying my time on the planet, but I donâ€™t think my generation is any worse or better than any other.Â Â
Iâ€™m a retired bouncing baby boomer.Â So, go around me, yuppies, butÂ please donâ€™t glareÂ at me in the rear-view mirror.
Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a website for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement.Â She welcomes comments at www.deludeddiva.com.
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