The other day I was driving to my local department store when a racy sports car convertible with the top down zoomed past me on the freeway. There, behind the wheel with the wind in her face and her grey hair flying out behind her, was a woman my age. Did I mention she had the radio blaring and was rocking out to an old Stones’ tune? I just had to smile and think to myself, “Ain’t we boomers grand?!”
More and more I see signs that our generation truly is revolutionizing aging. When I was a young adult, I remember older folks saying that they felt like they were in their thirties or forties, they just inhabited older bodies. Now, I understand. But boomers have taken these sentiments a giant step further: we’re still acting like we’re young! We’re pumping iron and jogging, we’re pursuing hard charging careers well into our sixties and seventies, we’re dancing to the oldies, we’re traveling to far off places, and, yes, we’re still rockin’ out in the car!
There are a few aspects of my life I’m especially proud of and the fact that I belong to an amazing generation of women is one of them. We gals blasted away long-standing stereotypes and totally transformed what it meant to grow up female in this country. Now we’re doing the same for aging.
So, a nod to us all, and a wish that age never slows us down. Actually, how could it? We boomers have overcome far greater challenges than a few aches and pains or a wrinkle or two. Rock on forever, my sisters, and, whenever you can, put the top down, turn the radio up and get your groove on!