Researchers Agree One Size Does Not Fit All Baby Boomers
Do you consider yourself to be part of a group? Before I became a teenager, I could not wait until I was actually 13 because this was a rite of passage I looked forward to. Practically speaking not much changed in my life from age 12 to age 13. Â I think I started to wear hosiery rather than white socks for dress up. Â But I began to identify with teenagers as well as all the messages Madison Avenue fed us about our hopes and dreams.
The same can be said about how I felt turning 21, 30, 40 and 50. Â However over the past couple of weeks I have been quietly asking people who are technically “Baby Boomers” Â whether they identify with this description or would use this word to describe themselves. Â Interestingly several claim they do not.
However those born between 1946 and 1964 are part of the baby boomer generation. But as I try to figure out what it is that we acknowledge and share with each other besides having been born during a period of gross societal change, it is occurring to me that if life did not treat you well, Â i.e you did not share in the good times, you may Â then be less wed to these identifiers.
Having said that, I am pretty sureÂ there is no common definition of a baby boomer we might all agree upon except the time frame. Â We span the 40s, 50s and 60s. Â We are responding to different cues. But at the very least there are cultural cues we share. Otherwise we would not be able to have short-hand conversations with each other about certain feelings in response to say the Bay of Pigs, Elvis Presley, American Bandstand, Â or the Beatles if you happened to have Â had a television. Â Not everyone did.
Anyway, will you help me by answering one question? How do you think of yourself and if you had to align yourself with a group, which would it be.
Just put your answer in the comment section puh-leeeeze. Â And I thank you in advance for your help.