I enjoy being a retired boomer and think I certainly live as well as my parents did and still are doing so. I'm more active than I used to be and making better food choices as I finally accepted the message about healthy lifestyle.
Hah, I intend to live out my days BETTER than my parents did!
That's not to say anything bad about them, they would be applauding that statement.
I do lean towards over worrying about the future sometimes and buying into doom and gloom and visions of an endless string of gray and miserable days living in penury until I kick the bucket but then I dump all that angst and remember that any day I am still alive is a good day.
Edited by: EMPRESSAMQ at: 8/10/2013 (10:13)
8/9/13 9:41 P
Fully a card carrying Boomer here. Will be 62 real soon. Loved growing up in the 50's and coming of age in the 60's. What glorious, heady days those were. I'm still working, not retired but will start getting SS in Nov. Am much healthier & happier than I was before SP and recall that as my parents, both members of the 'Greatest Generation', aged there were some parts of their lives that were very good and other parts that were so sad - loss of health early on as a result of smoking at an early age, and my dad dying of a sudden heart attack @ 74. Mom died of lung cancer @ 71. Neither lived to a ripe old age. We know so much more about healthy living now that I think it's truly an advantage we can all benefit from. If we take care of ourselves and make deliberate decisions to protect & maintain our health our golden days should, by rights, be much better than those of our dear parents.
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2,431 8/9/13 9:25 P
I am a boomer and proud of it. Born in 1054. Retired form teaching. I stay busy so I don't feel bored. I am enjoying being retired.
8/9/13 9:15 P
I am 50 and was born in 1963. I started working for the State of Ohio when I was 18 yrs old and right out of high school. I retired at 48 on Sept. 30, 2011. I am a single parent of 2 daughters, my 21 yr old just moved out with her boyfriend and some of his family, and my 13 yr old is going into 7th grade. I am a breast cancer survivor, since Sept. 17, 2007.
5/12/13 1:14 P
I am 65 and still playing golf, have had major major health problems but now making sure that is all behind me and....making sure to be healthier ...retired and love it
Edited by: GATINEAU47 at: 5/13/2013 (12:45)
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1,068 5/12/13 7:17 A
I'm 54...I'm told I don't look it. I sure don't feel it most of the time. Except when I think about my 53 year old sister who is currently in the hospital and has breast cancer.
I weigh less than I did when I was 19 years old (by 50 lbs!). I have three grown children and though I've been going through some job frustrations lately, I'm fairly comfortable and extremely comfortable compared to my childhood, and the life my parents lived. It is not just about the money, jobs and retirement though, there are many many reasons I have deliberately made every effort NOT to live life the way my parents did.
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15,936 5/11/13 10:43 P
Amen to that!!!!! Hope everyone has a happy retirement!!!!
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4,787 5/11/13 9:38 A
I just turned 58 -- born in 1955, right in the middle of the boom. In some ways, I want to emulate my parents, who lived a "comfortable but frugal" lifestyle and saved enough money for a comfortable retirement. Unfortunately, they both died too young to have much time to enjoy it. (Dad at 67. Mom at 74.)
My sister semi-retired at 52 and at 59, she is now fully retired (public school teacher state pension). I don't want to retire like her. I love her, but I think the life she leads is a bit shallow. Her husband is significantly older than she is and she has gotten "old" before her time. She is healthy, intelligent, energetic, and well-educated ... but spends her time looking for ways to amuse herself, accomplishing little. She makes little contribution to the world anymore and I can't see me doing that any time soon. I need a more meaningful existence to feel satisfied.
For my parents' generation (and for my sister), "retirement" meant a time to sit back and rest - to withdraw from the larger world. I hope to ease into retirement in my early/mid 60's by switching to part time employment that will continue for a few more years and transition into a lifestyle that includes making contributions to society in some way.
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5/11/13 9:17 A
I'm 63 years young and glad to be still working. I feel great, have energy, and like what I do. My dad worked until 83 and I saw him have a zip in his step and pride in his work. A good model. I know we have much more knowledge about health today. Wish my mom had that opportunity and was able to live longer (colon cancer--get checked--we owe it to those who did not have that chance). We boomers are not going to be in a rocking chair yet. We are not old---just experienced!!!
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2,241 5/11/13 8:24 A
970 days is the last time I looked less now to go YIPPY SKIPPY!!!! I have a paper that I mark off . I forget about it , & then when I remember I get to cross off more days one time it was a whole month!! I could have retired at 62 this past Dec. I am older than my husband, so I will try to hold out until 65,praying my health stays good.Anything can happen Judy
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5/7/13 6:28 P
So funny that you should say that as I was thinking the same thing the other day. I am a 1963 December baby ---- yes this is my big big year but I feel I am living the same life my parents did when they were 50 years old....only difference is I was 24 when my parents were 50 and my son will be 11 when I turn 50!
Have a good one....GO SENS GO!!
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5/7/13 4:06 P
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