Boomers: What is our legacy?


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Legacy is important for every generation.  It’s important because it gives meaning to what it’s members valued and contributed to the whole of humanity.  As more of the Boomer generation enters their sixties, legacy starts to become more real than ever before.  Exactly what do we want our legacy to be?  How to we want to be remembered?  What labels do we want put on us?  More importantly, how can we continue to write our enduring legacy and contribute?

I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror I see a sixteen year old with lots of promise.  I don’t see (or more likely) don’t want to see a sixty-five year old maturing woman who looks like her Mom…..that’s not such a bad thing, but I really thought I’d be forever young in every way.  Sometimes, I really hate reality!

What do you see when you look in mirror?  It’s a hard question to ask and to answer because it sums up our lives.  What we see staring back at us reveals our fears, shortcomings, love and a million other emotions.  It can be a very scary thing to do and it’s good for our collective soul.

So, Boomers…it’s time to look into the mirror and decide how we want to be remembered.  There’s a lot of greatness in our history and just as much that isn’t pretty.   I believe the answer is somewhere in the middle and to get there the questions take on a very important job.  Here are a few to start your creative juices flowing:

  • How did we change the planet for better or worse?
  • What major changes happened during our watch?
  • What values are we passing on to our children?
  • What lessons did we learn and what changes did we make?

I’m sure there are more questions to add….let me know your thoughts and I’ll keep the discussion going.




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Tags: baby boomers, legacy

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