We loved being baby boomers. We were the generation that rebelled hard and were never going to grow old. We were so different than the generation that came before us. World War II was over, the soldiers came home as heros. In the years 1946-1964 76 million Americans were born. a hugh generation, that fought for social change The youth culture rebelled , and was responsible for great social change.
With the rapid movement of technology at the forefront, we often forget the youthful energy of the baby boomers that fought for progress. Protests against the Vietnam War, deaths of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King reminded us of the -civil rights movement, the feminist movement, and an entire change in music with the most incredible music festival, freedom to have long hair and had their own style of dress. Roe v. Wade- hit the supreme court, and abortion was finally ]leagel. Planned Parenthood finally provided easy access to Birth Control. We were glued to our TV sets as we watched Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the Moon. We were never going to get old! Bob Dylan Singing "Forever Young"
Baby boomers grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, a period of a flourishing economy. The sixties counterculture endorsed the principle “Do your own thing” and “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Did baby boomers internalize this individualistic and anti-aging ethic? The attraction of individualism and autonomy has been a lifetime value including thinking about for old age. The internalize of age rejection (“Don’t trust anyone over 30”) was such a substantial value that anti-aging products, medicine and surgeries are increasingly prevalent.
The Great Recession of 2008 was an economic shock: people lost retirement savings, homes, and security for the future. Dissolutionmentand depression were amongst the highest in several years. Rising divorce rates due to stress left many feeling alone. Most of us were never going to retire to enjoy travel, leisure, and fun as our parents. Many Baby Boomers cannot afford to stop working, have little time for friends, and feel isolated and lonely.
The pandemic of 2020 has rocked the world of the Baby Boomers. Some who had made a financial recovery, now unemployed, are frightened for their survival. Most cannot live on there Social Security. Retirement has gone farther away Baby Boomers are finally feeling their mortality. How much time do they have to live? Will they be able to go anywhere? Many struggling with anxiety and depression. It is so sad for the generation who claimed the youth culture and made the social change.
As the Pandemic rages on, we once again see the magnifying glass on racism rise in our nation. The Baby Boomers stood for social change. However, the nation has not come far enough. We find police brutality, racism and the ugliness of America. There is still purpose for the Baby Boomers to join the younger generation to continue to work for social justice and a greater humanity.