“I’m growing old, I delight in the past” Henri Matisse
I begin this blog in November 2015, 19th to be exact. The day after I went to the doctor because I was under the weather. I had a couple of zits developing on my chin, was feeling exhausted, less than my usual energetic exuberant self.
I could have attributed it towards stress, however, in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t carry the normal stress that most would say contributes to high stress, for example:
- FINANCIAL: I am not living paycheque to paycheque, nor am I fighting off debtors. I live within my means.
- FAMILY: Can be a pain in the ass. They can be sources of great strength or detriment to our overall wellbeing. That in and of itself will fill pages of blog posts. Family dynamics with parents, siblings, children, and stepchild. Overall, it is on a fairly even keel these days.
- EVENTS: Yes, we’re ramping up for the Holidays. That can cause people a lot of stress, financially and emotionally. I’ve got a kickstart on Christmas shopping.
- WORK: That is probably my highest contributor these days. I’m neither failing nor am I soaring. I took a job at an entry level to get into a great company. That is going to be worth pondering about here are there. There are stress factors in and of itself.
- HEALTH: That is where I go from hero to zero. Recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I am not paying attention to my body or what track I’m on that will ensure a fruitfall 20 or more years.
- RETIREMENT: Count me among the thousands of 50+ who don’t think they have planned their retirement as well as they could have. I can blame a divorce that divided up assets and job turnover. As many have before me, I’ve used savings to offset unemployment to meet bills and avoid financial disaster.
I have written a lot about business, sales, leadership and social media in my “optioneerjm” blog that has had a chunk of viewers in the 130,000 page views over 5 years. Nothing remarkable, yet steady.
I exude my creative side with “meanderingsabout” a blog about beauty, fashion, movies, books, and world events that I want to talk about.
This blog is about so many of us out there. We have an in between identity: we are at the tail end of the baby boomers, often counted in and counted out. Many of us are parents of Millennials, those born in the 1980s to early 2000s, or GenY. Some consider us GenXers born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Other times, we’re told that we are part of the Baby Boom generation. Mostly, I’m talking about those of us who are born in between, 1960 to 1965 — the cusp of GenX (1965-1980) or the end of Baby Boomers.
- Baby boomers are people born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom approximately between the years 1946 and 1964, giving an age range between 50 and 69 as of 2015. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers and commentators use birth dates ranging from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when thegeneration starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. (Source: Wikipedia)
No wonder we have a group identity crisis. You’d think we don’t belong anywhere. Caught between the two largest population bubbles, yet we have a voice to be reckoned with. We’re finished with having children, worried about what will be left for us at retirement, since we seem to be glossed over in so many instances, we have health uppermost on our minds.
After all, if we don’t take care of our health, we won’t have to worry about the next phase in life: grandparenting, retirement. That is about to change, if we want it to. We can focus on our health, both mental and physical, to ensure that the next 20 or 30 years are full of life, living, loving and contributing guidance to our millennial children.
I start this journey privately, with a keyboard at my disposal. To document, share, inspire, teach others to love ourselves first is to take care of our health and wellbeing most.
“The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.” Ed Koch
Thanks for joining me. We will create a common voice for those born between 1960 and 1965. We have unique concerns. Perhaps not as pressing as Baby Boomers nor consumed by GenX. We can help each other. Your visits will inspire me to write more, your comments motivate others to pay attention. We’re in this together.
Author’s note: if you fall on either side of 1960-65, this is not exclusive. There may be things you can learn or otherwise shared to help others.