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Carpe diem (loosely translated as you’re not here forever)

I am a graduate student, pursuing a late life doctoral degree, and was asked to pick a demographic population of my choice and write about it. Of course, I chose baby boomers, thinking there might be something about us boomers that I have either yet to experience or was unaware of.

Some of the facts that I learned are rather startling. Statistically, baby boomers are blowing the top off of the divorce rates. Divorce rates for boomers have out stripped all other age groups. We are cohabiting more than those who went before us and catching up to the rates of those young folks coming behind us.

Now, one other fact that stopped me in my tracks. Baby boomers include all those persons born between 1946 and 1964, a group that now numbers around 74 million. And, based on our birth year, the statisticians can say with certainty that a whole lot of us will be dead within the next 20 to 30 years. I mean, I know we all gotta go sometime, but to see a number attached to my name, well, that was eye opening.

I don’t bring this up to be morbid. I open this subject up for discussion to remind you that we all have a limited amount of time to make a difference.

The baby boomer cohort has a wealth of knowledge that the world needs. And, unfortunately, it is the one thing you CAN take with you. We are in a unique position in that we have more disposable income than our parents had and we are more educated. We have traveled more and own more stuff.

This is not to say that those who are younger or older don’t have something to contribute. For as the Bible says, no one knows the time or the hour, that your clock gonna stop ticking, my paraphrasing….

Boomer wisdom would like to encourage you to stop wasting time and start giving your time to a worthy cause. Read books to the children at the library. Stop in at the local school and volunteer to eat lunch with an at risk kid. Help a fledgling non-profit in your area, give freely of your expertise.

Because when the bell tolls for you, everything in you that could help someone should be all emptied out for the good of those who needed what you had to offer.

Blessings and long productive lives. May the force be with you as you live long and prosper to help others.

Happy boomer gal ( read smart, feisty, quirky, adventuresome, funny, sassy woman of a certain generation) willing to share my journey and advice with anyone who would not repeat my mistakes. Happy to fully disclose the joys and pitfalls of love at any age, the heartbreak of aging(or not) and the joys inherent in every day, thru poetry, photography and whatever creative entity that would bring a smile to a hurting heart. Writer, lover, wife, Mother, sister, daughter, friend, missionary, humanitarian, exhorter, educator, activist, student, Bible reader, traveler, advocate, pharmacist. Come along, you won't be bored, I promise!

3 comments on “Carpe diem (loosely translated as you’re not here forever)

  1. Donna Davis

    Great thoughts well crafted, my friend!
    @ 1965, I’m a year outside the baby boomer cool kids club but my thinking is the same. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I find that I rarely read novels anymore, rather choosing to read to learn; read to seek; read to know.
    Every minute is precious and meant to be used well. There is no such thing as “time to kill”.
    When Father God chooses to bring me Home, it is my hope to enter into eternity poured out, used up, and thoroughly given away.
    As June Carter Cash once said, “I’m just trying to matter”.

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  2. Great stuff Bailey! As an early boomer from the “flower child” era, I can relate to this message in many ways. One thing of note that came to mind was the “sandwich generation” for a range of boomers. I took care of aging parents while working and raising my middle-school aged son. We do try to have it all and time moves on before we awaken to what is truly important as we pass through this journey called life.

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  3. You are soo right Harriet. The challenge is to make time to give time. Because our time is so quickly over. And the best legacy is one of service to others.

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