My 50th column for Newsmax marks a genuine milestone.
My "Boomer Generation" column first appeared in May, 2015. It's kept going ever since.
I remain grateful to Christopher Ruddy, the founder and CEO of Newsmax, and the entire team at Newsmax for their continued support. The Boomer Generation regularly presents a unique opportunity for me to comment on issues and topics touching my generation.
Baby boomers are individuals born between 1946 and 1964, and are, for the most part, the outgrowth of post-World War II families. The end of World War II brought about a positive feeling in America.
The Great Depression, Nazi Germany, and the attack on Pearl Harbor were finally in the rearview mirror.
Americans were ready to embrace the values they sacrificed for.
Americans were eager to start families as well as create a country of unlimited potential.
As boomers age, they still reflect back on their lives as children in suburbia, as well the memorable historical events like the moon landing for example. And while later generations largely use tech, it was actually the baby boomers who were there for the advent of those technologies.
Advances younger people today often take for granted.
While we are still debating how to achieve equality for all in America, baby boomers grew up witnessing and/or participating in the fight for equal rights and social justice.
Many historians and journalists tend to characterize those born between 1946 and 1964 by focusing on the major headlines from a particular period of time impacting the lives of many boomers. That is, they associate the "boomer generation" with the John F. Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam war, and the Reagan revolution.
But, the major events and social movements typically associated with this generation do not present a complete picture of the lives of boomers. Many in that age-range were actually the first in their families to go to college.
Boomers are people who often married and had children.
Some of these marriages lasted, while others didn't.
Baby Boomers tend to be people who have a strong connection with music, who love sports, and who can recall the television programs that were so important to them as children. Many baby boomers are now also grandparents. Some also enjoy reflecting on their lives, but — make no mistake —they strive to continue their contributions to society.
Many boomers will indeed continue to work, even more years than their parents did.
This is due to a strong desire to do so, or simply because they need want to.
Some baby boomers have grown increasingly sentimental, often making the quality time needed to reminisce with a sibling about those happy days of years gone by.
Some will recall that when they were college students they wanted to run away from their families — but now they seem to want to run towards them, embracing cherished moments of then — and now.
Bill Clinton was our nation's first baby boomer president.
He once said once said about his life, post-presidency, "there are more yesterdays than tomorrows." I bet that given the chance, former President Clinton would want to revise that sentiment. For baby boomers thirst for the future, while looking forward to having many more experiences during their lifetimes.
Rick Bava founded and was CEO of the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community. Bava became known for his popular blog columns "Rick Bava on the Baby Boomer Generation." He is the author of "In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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