BABY BOOMERS IN NO HURRY TO LET THE DOOR HIT ‘EM ON THE WAY OUT
Talk to a Portland baby boomer about their dreams and expectation, and brace yourself.
You’ll hear as much about training to climb Mt. Hood as you will about a comfy boomer retirement.
Ask about their plans for the future and expect a solid take on living for the day.
They’ve seen enough of their friends and family plan for the future and hit the exit before they got there.
Over on boomercafe.com, writer Gary Carter says, “Don’t postpone joy.”
Sounds beautiful, but what does it mean?
Re-visit your scenes of delayed satisfaction? Re-live your triumphs? Or, step it up and start kickin’.
While others may see aging boomers fading away, more see them with gas in the tank for the long run.
Either way, they’ll need a little help.
The over-educated segment of the boomer demographic see no reason to release the levers of power in their hands. Like Charlton Heston and his favorite gun, you’ll have to pry it from their cold, dead, grip.
TIn other words, they’re sticking around.
The under-educated may not have the power, but they’ve grown up with the same warnings as everyone else: Smoking and drinking and getting fat kills you.
You’ve seen the ads. They’ve seen more.
For proof, check the New York Times.
As a bridge generation to the seniors among us, boomers find new and old ways to promote their optimal health, the best defense against modern disease, according to Dr. Elaine Gillaspie, ND.
One health habit promotes cellular repair and restoration. It’s part of a class offered at the Portland Wellness Center in Hillsdale.
If boomers plan on driving on the road, flying through the air, and staying on the job, they’ll need the advantage of great health to hold their place.
From Gary Carter, the author of Eliot’s Tale, “Here’s the cold, hard truth as offered by Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse in Australia who spent a number of years caring for patients and listening to their reflections. She collected what she heard into a book and gave it a title that pulls no punches: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Number one on the list is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.””
The boomerpdx interpretation: Baby Boomers live true to themselves more than any other generation and it still annoys the rest.
Full disclosure? A supervised juice fast is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I’m not saying that because I’m married to Elaine Gillaspie, but because it’s a good idea. As a fan of new experiences, I’ve done the Cascade Rejuvenation Program; as a big fan of balancing health and lifestyle choices, I’ve been through the Program. Many times.
Each fast is different, but each conclusion is the same:
Everything tastes better than it ever has.
Living your best life, that’s a joy you can’t postpone.