Has anyone flipped an OK Boomer your way?
Honestly, getting older is challenging enough. Who can keep up with all the emerging put-downs?
Depending on where you stand, “OK Boomer” might be
- a mere cheeky retort to an older person,
- or a flat-out expression of ageist bigotry.
But hold on.
Why shouldn’t so-called Millennials and other post-Boomers make fun of the Baby Boom generation? In our youth, we Boomers (yes I’m up there) certainly made fun of old folks.
We Boomers aren’t victims. It’s karma.
If we survived the wild 1960s, 70s, and 80s, we might have gained a little wisdom. One thing we’ve learned that the millennials will also learn (providing the sky doesn’t fall and the world doesn’t end): in the natural order of things, we’re all going to get old and have more doctor visits and funerals to attend.
If you live long enough, you will also be part of the identity group “old people”.
But don’t be depressed! Take some time to prepare. Here’s a prescription for healthy aging I came across ages ago.
This list came from a PBS special on healthy “elders”. If you’re a millennial, bookmark this post and take a look at it in about twenty years when the Zoomers start making fun of you:
A Prescription for Healthy Aging:
- Maintain a positive attitude and focus on the positive. Don’t worry about anything.
- Embrace maturity. Don’t think about how old you are. In fact, forget about it.
- Keep doing things. Work hard following your passions.
- Stay curious about the future but stay engaged in the present.
- Make a difference in the lives of others.
- Don’t focus on yourself.
- Keep physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Choose to be around people who are positive.
- Avoid people who are negative.
- Don’t be afraid of death. Think of it as it is–something very natural and inevitable.