The term ‘baby boomer’ refers to the population bubble born sooner after the Second World War. Many young men in America and Europe had gone off to fight between 1939 and 1945, and not all returned. For those who did, their priorities were clear: settle down, marry your sweetheart, rebuild … and procreate.
The baby boomer generation officially begins in 1946, but of course not every soldier returning from war was immediately ready to impregnate his sweetheart. Many needed a few years to put a job and house and some savings in place. So the majority of baby boomers were actually born in the 1950s. By 1964 the procreation party was over. If you’re born after that year, you qualify more for for the ‘X generation’ label.
Many massive changes in the way that we live together have been defined by what stage of life those baby boomers find themselves in. In 1967, for example, baby boomers were in their late teens and early 20s. They rebelled, grew their hair, took LSD, and so the adolescence of one generation defined a global social movement.
By that same token, in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, boomers were settling down, having kids, building security. And so these years, are characterized by our interest in manifesting, in creating. These are the years of the the EST Seminar, the rise of Tony Robbins.
By the ‘90s, boomers were in their 40s and early 50s. They had left behind the idealism of their hippy years and the wild entrepreneurism of their 30s. It was time for the boomers to invest. By this time almost all the ponytails have been cut off. The VW bus had long been replaced by a Lexis or even a Mercedes. Hence, the ‘90s was a time of unparalleled economic growth, a fascination with investment, 401Ks and IRAs.
Today, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, boomers are preparing for their twilight years. Someone born in 1946 turned 65 in 2011. 76 Million baby boomers, representing 28 percent of the American population, will retire in the next years, and they will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years more than their parents! And just as they did with each previous stage of life, we can trust the boomers to redefine aging.
John C Robinson in a clinical psychologist, a minister, and has devoted huge amount of energy and imagination in creating a new take on aging. His new book is just out, “The three Secrets of Aging,” and it is a jewel. He has his finger on the pulse of the evolution of aging from a time of decay and degeneration to one of transformation, transcendence and final and complete integration. His book is part memoir, (and very movingly written), part inquiry and part spiritual teaching. It will revolutionize your relationship to yourself, your body and how you spend you final years.