GUEST COLUMN: Rock on, baby boomers
Look, they are all around you. They may not look like you think they should, as they come in all colors, sizes, shapes and personalities. And not all of them have gray hair. They are well-educated, intelligent, healthy, fit, sociable, involved, selfless and make great neighbors and friends.
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Do thoughts of Woodstock, free love, drugs, alcohol, miniskirts and “Laugh-In” fill your head with nostalgia? As comical as this is, there is much more to the boomer than meets the eye. They are huge supporters of local events and charities, pillars of the church, own multiple businesses and homes, and many are debt-free.
Boomers tackled full-time careers and raised children. In the 1960s, pregnancy out of wedlock was shameful and many babies were given up for adoption or couples married earlier than they intended. Many are now taking care of aging parents as well as grandchildren.
So just who are the baby boomers? They are the most famous generation in American history. The U.S. Census Bureau defines the baby boomers as those born between Jan. 1, 1946, and Dec. 31, 1964.
You see, after U.S. troops returned from World War II, they quickly settled down and everyone started having lots and lots of babies. This gigantic generation has transformed America as they have passed through every stage of life.
Look at the boomer celebrities who are still going strong: Charleston’s own Bill Murray, Donald Trump, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Cher, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Madonna and numerous stars to whose concerts, movies and events young people are still flocking.
So when you see a boomer doing the Bridge Run or Senior Olympics, jumping on a motorcycle, dancing or dressing a little too young for their age, remember that they are happy, stylish, energetic, busy and embracing the next chapter of their lives, which promises to be as fulfilling as how they feel inside.
So as you age, strive to be a rock star senior citizen. Go Granny and Gramps!
Sheryll Johnson lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband of 32 years, Darrell.