Thursday, May 31, 2012
Trailing the baby boomers
I was born a number of years after the baby boom following the second world war. The baby boomers were of the generation born between the years 1946 and 1964. My birth year is after 1964 so I am in the generation called Generation X or Gen X.
Here are my impressions of the baby boomers. They are really into their own group. They have this sense of pride about themselves just for being in existence. It is listed as an achievement in their minds to be a part of this generation. Something important happened that can only be understood if you were there. If you happened to be born too early or too late, you will just never get it.
Baby boomers complain a lot but really have it quite good. They rail against the conservative side but what got them to where they are was a lot of conservative practices. They had a great education and great experiences but academics, sports and the like have been broken down from a successful formula to what it is today. It always annoys me when a multimillionaire from this generation bashes the very foundation for his own success. Instead of crediting the high expectations, the hard work, the moral charge of their youth, they gripe about it.
The generation previous to mine corners the better jobs and keeps them within the family. The baby boomers stick together. If there is a good job about to be given up, they let their own generation know about it. As a result, my generation continues to go without experience and has to exist on less. They are an amazingly talented group, there is no doubt in my mind. However, I don't see a lot of effort to do much for the generation that follows them.
Those are just a few of my impressions of the baby boomers. As you can guess, it has not been easy to live in their shadow.
What has been your impression of the baby boom generation?