I am not so sure I want to be called a Boomer. That’s the term given to those of us in the over 50 crowd. No labels for me please. I try to remain up to date in my appearance, progressive in my thinking, but I can’t help but have some old traditional values. I am more accepting of people’s differences than when I was younger…as long as I don’t have to live with them. I still love Rock n’ Roll, Motown and I love to Disco dance. I ‘ve also come to like some of the music my kids listen to… some. I like to share stories of my youth to anyone who’ll listen and I smile to think that so much of what is today's trendy looks is a comforting familiarity to me. When flares were my bell-bottoms, vinyl records is what I saved my allowance for... in a time where my style progressed from clogs to Frye boots to Candies disco shoes. That is so retro. So cool. So me. But as cool as it was then and it is today, wearing too much of this on me really makes me look like a Boomer.
There’s nothing like being the first one up in the morning. In the dark winter mornings, I love to watch the sunrise while drinking my coffee. The stillness of the morning is peaceful and relaxing. When the weather warms up, I love my early morning walks. It has been my stress reliever for years. Now my dog, Chloe comes with me. I usually listen to music. You can catch me singing along… sometimes a little too loud. I also like going for a drive. The silence of my car has been another great place for me to just think. Getting in the “alone zone” where it’s just me and my thoughts breaks the daily train of constant interaction and gives me new insights and ideas. Things that I have been stuck on become more defined and attainable. Problems have a new perspective and I have a fresh approach to starting my day!
Believing in the less is more philosophy has prompted me to further streamline my possessions. Now I only want things that look good on me, work when I need them to and are an asset to my busy life. Although my kids are grown and more independent, it seems like I have a lot more responsibilities and a lot less time in which to accomplish them. As a new year begins, I have once again resolved to buy things only when I need them and buy better so that I am not constantly replacing them.
Thinking about the bigger picture... things that don’t last are bad for the environment; they frustrate the hell out of you and they wind up costing you more in the long run. Somehow I think we all know this. As we start a new year, let’s start with a new philosophy…less is more. It’s good for everyone.
It’s gift giving time. When thinking about what to give or even what you'd like to get, useful gifts always reign high on the list. If you really think hard enough you could probably put together a list of useful items that make great presents, but who wants to think so much when you have a lot to do.
Easy gift idea…Renee’s Readers. Made to last, our readers will provide day in and day out usefulness which will make your gift memorable long after the holidays are over and their attention to quality and detail are sure to impress. Truth is ...for anyone over 40 you can never have enough reading glasses. What a great gift!
Believing that your actions no matter how small can change the world or at least make a difference in just one person’s life is what drives so many of us to do good. Baby Boomers are the pioneers of do-gooders as most of us spent much of our youth thinking we could change the world for the better or at least our little piece of it. And we did, as we spent much of our youth connecting with causes and discovering the power of our influence.
Although we may have mellowed some, most of us have no desire to just sit around. Crammed with to do lists, wisdoms to pass on and contributions we still need to make, Boomers have also become influential in redefining aging. As we think about what we want to accomplish later in life and our focus moves away from careers or personal accomplishments, giving back and doing good returns us to our core values. We still insist on mattering, being a part of the debate and making a difference. Determined not to get stuck in our daily pattern of living, our passions drive us to connect with causes we care about as we try to inspire others with our stories of change. Keep On Truckin'...