Do you consider yourself to be part of a group? Before I became a teenager, I could not wait until I was actually 13 because this was a rite of passage I looked forward to. Practically speaking not much changed in my life from age 12 to age 13. I think I started to wear hosiery rather than white socks for dress up. But I began to identify with teenagers as well as all the messages Madison Avenue fed us about our hopes and dreams.
The same can be said about how I felt turning 21, 30, 40 and 50. However over the past couple of weeks I have been quietly asking people who are technically “Baby Boomers” whether they identify with this description or would use this word to describe themselves. Interestingly several claim they do not.
However those born between 1946 and 1964 are part of the baby boomer generation. But as I try to figure out what it is that we acknowledge and share with each other besides having been born during a period of gross societal change, it is occurring to me that if life did not treat you well, i.e you did not share in the good times, you may then be less wed to these identifiers.
Having said that, I am pretty sure there is no common definition of a baby boomer we might all agree upon except the time frame. We span the 40s, 50s and 60s. We are responding to different cues. But at the very least there are cultural cues we share. Otherwise we would not be able to have short-hand conversations with each other about certain feelings in response to say the Bay of Pigs, Elvis Presley, American Bandstand, or the Beatles if you happened to have had a television. Not everyone did.
Anyway, will you help me by answering one question? How do you think of yourself and if you had to align yourself with a group, which would it be.
Just put your answer in the comment section puh-leeeeze. And I thank you in advance for your help.