As I’m fond of saying, we boomer women are revolutionizing the spirit and style of aging. True as this statement is, however, we still have a long way to go. In fact, consider what comes to your mind when someone says you’re “acting like a grandma.” Chances are—you’re not going to be overly thrilled by that comment.
But what if we could change all of that? What if we held positions of real power? What if grandmas truly did rule the world? Here are three ways our global community would be a lot better off than we are today:
#1 Innocent people would not be injured or killed simply because of their religious beliefs and customs. Grandmas have the wisdom to know that arguments over deeply held views could provoke a backlash with damaging and unforeseen outcomes. We have the wisdom to recognize that holding differing views is not worth the loss of life and the untold tragedy these unfortunate deaths would bring to the family and friends of the victims.
#2 The gap between the haves and the have nots would continually shrink. Grandmas have the life experience to realize that all beings are of value and that children around the world deserve to enjoy the basics of nourishing food, clean water, a safe place to sleep, and an education. With the life perspective brought on by years of experience, grandmas also know that major inequities only bring about anger and outrage and that there is a true joy to helping others have a real chance for happiness and fulfillment in life.
#3 There would be far less division between countries, ethnicities and people of various creeds. Grandmas have big hearts. They also recognize that life is short and that most of the divisions among people are perpetrated by governments and other leaders with a vested interest in keeping their members separate and fearful of outside influence. Grandmas, to the contrary, have learned the value of empathy and the capacity to include rather than exclude. This sentiment is, after all, what truly makes us human.
So let’s continue our generation’s mandate to make the world a better place. Let’s start making our voices heard and stand up for what we know to be right. After all, we boomers can be forthright as well as feisty and it’s high time we put the “grand” back into the word, “grandmother!”