Every day I run into a Baby Boomer who seems to be obsessed with their age, with their changing bodies and with their overall physical looks. Why is it that so many of them, especially women, feel inadequate and insecure about their age? Why are they afraid and/or embarrassed to tell their real age? I believe that we should embrace who we are at all times, and that includes the number of years we’ve been blessed to live, so please bear with me as I get on my soap box!
I can understand a person’s awareness of their body changes and that they might not have the same energy levels as when they were younger but, honestly, a lot of that can be curbed with good nutrition and activity levels, which many Baby Boomer members are already aware of and practicing. So where do these attitudes come from? I honestly don’t think they are physical concerns as much as they are emotional concerns. Could it be that we’ve been programmed to believe that aging is a bad thing?
I’ve always been a rebel, and programming usually bounces right off of me, so I’m taking a different approach to be an woman over 50. I’m dang proud of it and I’m happy to tell anyone that I’m a Baby Boomer woman, 54 years old, who is getting real close to her 55th birthday! I giggle every time I open a restaurant menu and realize that, in just a few short months, I’ll be able to order from the senior citizen menu. Hey, I’m cracking up right now just writing about it. I mean, how cool is that? I will get a discount! WOOT!
So let’s explore the possibility that there may be some programming going on here. It makes sense to me. The media has a tendency to portray only the young and the very thin as the sexy and desirable ones. Every once in a while you’ll see an older woman in a role where she can show her beauty and sexuality, but not near often enough. Because of this I think that way too many Baby Boomers feel that they’ve outgrown their desirability, which is definitely not true! Most of the baby boomers I meet are very nice looking people (assuming that they’ve taken good care of themselves during their first century on this earth) so their negative attitudes towards aging must come from somewhere other than what they are seeing in the mirror. Again, I believe that they’ve adopted the belief that you can only be attractive if you are young and this is a sad statement.
If you are a Baby Boomer, man or woman, who is feeling that you are past your prime, then please take a good long look in the mirror. Don’t compare your current body with your 20 – 30 year old body but instead compare your current Baby Boomer self to your 20-30 year old self in the following ways:
Wisdom and maturity levels -
I don’t know about you but I PROMISE that I would never want to go back to the mental or emotional state I was in when I was in my 20′s and 30′s. I was clueless! I’m so proud of what I’ve learned and the level of maturity and responsibility that I now have. I’m telling you, there were times that I wondered if I’d ever get here and I’m sure my poor parents thought it would never happen! LOL!
Accomplishments - Oh my goodness! The Baby Boomer Renee is definitely kicking the younger Renee’s butt in this regard.
That little girl didn’t know if she was coming or going! I’m sure that most Baby Boomers could say the same thing about their younger selves. For me, I’ve raised six wonderful, productive and moral children, I’ve owned multiple businesses and touched many lives, I’m surrounded by GOOD friends (not the petty, partying friends from days gone by) and I’m truly independent. WOW! Will the real Renee please stand up? I am a baby B\boomer woman and I am proud of it!
The main point I’m trying to make is that anyone who is a Baby Boomer (all people no matter what their ages) need to embrace where they are today. Be proud and thankful that you’ve lived half a century!
There was a time when I thought 50 was old but I was young and stupid back then and obviously my thoughts and opinions were stupid too. LOL!. I’m still the fun and silly kid I’ve always been, I’m just in an AWESOME Baby Boomer stage and I’m better than ever! I look forward to what the next half century of my life will bring. Life is good!
You want to know something funny? Even with my strong feelings about this, I too will fall into the trap of acting like I’m complimented when someone asks for my ID. It’s fun to tease about but, honestly, I shouldn’t go there. Sorry about that. Hey, even rebels trip up sometimes. Right?