|From what I understand, WWII ended, these two made out in Times Square, and suddenly the population was overcome with Baby Boomers. Or something like that.|
So, my friend Amanda posted this link on Facebook the other day, and it's turned into this thread of really interesting discussion/debate.
I'll give you all a chance to read the article first: Things Baby Boomers Won't Say
So, the baby boomers were really at the forefront of so many things in the latter half of the 20th century. The way I hear it, when they started elementary school, new schools had to be built because there were so many kids all of a sudden. When they got to university, enrollment went sky-high. When they graduated, there were jobs all over the place and they each got to pick whichever one they wanted. And then... none of them retired.
*Note: I think oldsters are FABULOUS. I can't wait until I get to be one.
I will wear my grey hair and orthopedic shoes with FABULOSITY.
When I started grad school ~5 years ago, we were told that it was a great time to be starting a professional career, because the baby boomers would be retiring soon! 5 years later, they kind of aren't. Now, my amazing frugal parents and my friends' parents and heaps of lovely people I know are Baby Boomers, so I'm not making personal attacks here, just speaking in broad generalizations (and I think Baby Boomers are used to that, having grown up with their entire generation constantly being referred to in broad generalizations).
|Baby Boomers in their early years were so cute, nobody thought about what would happen when they all turned 65. Also, did you know Winnie Cooper is now like a math genius? True story.|
But, while some 'Boomers are putting off retirement because they feel young/don't know what they'd do with their free time/love their jobs, others need to keep working because they don't have pensions, etc.
There isn't a solution to this, and I don't fully understand what all the issues are. But this article certainly is a good starting point for conversations about what to do with the Baby Boomers, who are now all aged 50-80 or whatever. (I'd bet anything pot will be legal within the next 10 years because of Boomers with glaucoma). To me (the child of Baby Boomers, stuck somewhere between Generation X, Y and the Millennial generation) it's just interesting to watch unfold - Baby Boomers have trailblazed through every age demographic as they entered and left it - they invented teenagerdom, did Woodstock, power-suited their way through the corporate 80s and are now pioneering this new version of old age.