My Generation

The Plinky prompt for today is slighty more stimulating than normal.

What’s your generation known for?  Do these traits apply to you?

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

Just because we g-g-get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

(The Who, 1965)

I belong to the baby boomer generation, that huge group of people born in the post World War II baby boom which started in 1946 and ended perhaps as late as 1959.  The exact time span is kind of up in the air depending on who you talk to.  A “generation” is defined in human terms as being about a thirty year span, from when you were born to the time that you had your own children. And then I guess it gets to be ‘their’ generation.

It’s very hard to decide on definitive characteristics for such a large group.  I was a teenager in the sixties, a parent in the seventies and eighties.  A grandparent in 2001.  Now I’m looking at retirement along with all the other baby boomers who will break the pension and old age security banks.  I suppose as a group of individuals we probably have similar ideas, problems, and attitudes, all influenced by the things that have happened in our lifetimes.  But personally I don’t think we’re any more special than any other generation before or after us, except perhaps for our sheer numbers.

I remember Beatlemania, Woodstock, Hippies, the Beat Generation, the Vietnam War, Motown Sound, Rock and Roll, being the first generation to grow up with television, men walking on the moon, the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, Trudeaumania, the surge of interest in Eastern religions, bohemian hedonists, free love.

I’m not sure how to translate all of that into “traits” specific to my generation.  Every generation wants to change the world.  The Boomers are the parents of Generation X, and they’re going to pass the torch to Generation Y.  Every generation thinks the one before it is full of old people who just don’t get it, but we do. The things we wanted are still the most meaningful goals to persue – peace and love and freedom.

We have never stopped hoping that the current generation will be the ones to finally get it right.

6 thoughts on “My Generation

  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Glad you liked the Jaipur post. India really is an astonishing place in so many ways.
    I like this post – being of the same generation. Not many bloggers are. It’s good to find others of the same era. I remember all the same things you mention.
    I didn’t read all your Christmas post since, being in Bangkok, we’re just not doing it, but I loved discovering the words decubomania (which I admit I’ve suffered from occasionally) and doromania (which I’ve also suffered from on rare occasions of over-compensation).

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    • I lost your comment and found it again! No idea how these things happen to me. I’m so happy to discover your blog and excited to see more of your travels. What an incredibly brave and wonderful thing to do, travelling the world with no set in stone plan! All the best to you both on your incredible journey. xxoo

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      • Thanks so much. I’m trying just to keep up with all the travel stories at the moment, but I know there’s a blog post in me about the sheer logistics of this kind of travel. Sometimes the spur of the moment forward planning can be a bit stressful, but never boring. For instance we discovered in India that we couldn’t enter Thailand without an onward ticket and had to scramble to figure out what we wanted our next destination to be. It’s an adventure that’s for sure. We’re currently on a beach in Thailand recovering from India.
        Loved the happy people dancing video!

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  2. Yes, and pin-ball wizard… It sure does feel like things are shifting in my life! The feeling in the air reminds me of 1968 – Age of Aquarius ~
    Here’s to The New Age of Humanity beginning in 2013!
    Tomas

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  3. Hi there — thanks for following. Our backgrounds have some similarities and I will come back and look through some of your family’s farming history. One of the characteristics of “Our” (Boomer) Generation for me is our “Pattern Busting” spirit that so many of us engaged in. We chose NOT to follow the traditions — just because. In one generation (our generation) we managed to shift the status quo to a point where what is happening NOW could happen in less than 50 years. That, to my mind, is no less than miraculous! Perhaps we should be called The Miracle Generation. Many blessings to you, Alia

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