Sunday, April 5, 2015

Baby Boomers Recognition Day – June 21, 2015

Baby Boomers Recognition Day is June 21, 2015, a time to celebrate being a Boomer and to enjoy life.

As Boomers, we experienced the colorful 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and some of us made very significant contributions to the way of life we all enjoy today. Think of Boomers such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who made the current digital age possible. How about Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and many others who rocked our world with great music? Then there were: Michael Jordan and Tracy Austin in sports. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and other unique talk show hosts. Deepak Chopra and the mind-body-spirit experience. Steven Spielberg and his blockbuster movies. George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and many other popular actors.

Why haven't we recognized Boomers' contributions more? The new book "Boomers Rock Again" explains that "our parents' generation poked fun at us by calling us hippies. They acted as though all of us were drugged-out long-hairs who lived in communes and rode motorcycles on the way to a nowhere life.... Most of us ran so far from that hippie stereotype that we stopped identifying ourselves as Boomers. But now we're waking up again...."

Maybe it's time to recognize that we really are Boomers, and that lots of other great people are Boomers too. That should be enough of a reason to do some celebrating on Baby Boomers Recognition Day.

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