"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." —Mark Twain
According to various researchers, the last baby boomers turned 50 this year. Next month, the Gen Xers begin turning 50. Ten thousand people a day are turning 65, and that will continue for the next 16 years.
Baby boomers are people born during the Post World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964. Seventy-six million American children were born between 1945 and 1964. One survey found that nearly a third of baby boomers polled in the United States would prefer to pass on their inheritance to charities rather than pass it down to their children.
In America, Baby boomers control over 80% of personal financial assets and more than half of all consumer spending. They buy 77% of all prescription drugs, 61% of over-the-counter drugs, and 80% of all leisure travel. They comprised the first generation to grow up with TV; popular Boomer-era shows included The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, The Twilight Zone, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Happy Days.
If you’re a baby boomer, do you fit within the descriptive facts above? Growing up a baby boomer, did you ever think about being 50 or older? Probably not. Senior citizens I’ve talked to didn’t give thought to being old—ever. It’s just something that youth don’t usually consider.
With each tick of the clock we all do age and that’s one of the things
over which we have no control. Some say age is just a number and the important thing is one’s state of mind—whether we allow our years to make us behave young or old. Some folks display a perpetual youthful attitude and their personality refuses to grow old.
That’s admirable. I want that personality. How about you? Do you let your age define you?