I recently had a conversation with my children and children-in-law about the term “Boomer.” I was expressing “wonder” at how and when the meaning of “Baby Boomer” has morphed. To today’s teens and tweens the term, which was once synonymous with rebellious sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, now means “a technologically challenged old person.” (See: And they call US “Boomers”?) I suppose I was also lamenting that while my parent’s generation became “the greatest generation,” mine has been reduced to this.
Now, in the midst of the Coronavirus, the baby boomer generation is seen as vulnerable, while the next generation, “#GenX is Trending on Twitter Because of How They’re Handling Coronavirus—Here’s Why” by Korin Miller of Parade.
Gen X, defined as the group of people who were born between 1965 and 1980, is now rising to this latest occasion because of the following characteristics as described by a variety of experts in the above article.
Learned how to fend for themselves as latch key kids
Developed lower expectations of being taken care of
Have lived through tragedies and epidemics–and have the ability to handle life’s tough moments
Learned to be resilient and how to persevere
Are self-sufficient and enjoy taking on responsibility
Maintain personal freedom
Prioritize work/life balance
Handle the status quo without complaints
Are more active than other generations
Are empathetic; provide calm; follow the rules
Remember life without technology
Can entertain themselves/multi-ask to combat boredom/solitude
Are self-trained and resourceful
Are able to use coping skills and develop new ones when in crisis
Are able to adapt and make accommodations to bear burdens and resist fear
And the millennials?
By the way, GenX. I’m proud you. I just want to let you know:
Thursday March 12, 2020: Friday the 13th meeting with Matthew Gallardo, Messiah Lifeways Director of Community Engagement & Coaching cancelled due to impact of Coronavirus on senior community visitation standards.
Friday the 13th: Went to Giant, Weiss Market, COSTCO, and Karns, and finally found toilet paper. It was early and not yet chaotic. Able to purchase enough items to get by without shopping for a couple more weeks, if necessary. Headed back home. All of grandchildren’s sporting events (our main weekend activity) cancelled.
Monday, March 16th: School cancelled. Daughter lives less than two blocks away–spent some time each day of the week helping her homeschool her four children. Felt useful. My husband, still working, asks me to get out for a walk each evening when he gets home. Nice.
Saturday, March 21st: No weekend sporting events to attend. Kids and grandkids hunkered down. Visiting longer-distanced families via Facetime. Touching base with siblings via Facetime, too. Visit with neighbors outdoors and at-a-distance. Nice.
Sunday, March 22nd: Finished updating Parental Information folder–to be prepared, just in case.
Monday, March 23rd: Daughter called. “Don’t you think we need to start practicing social distancing?” Worried about us seniors getting the virus. Don’t have immune system disorders or lung disease, but would not want her to feel responsible for our deaths if we were to succumb to the virus. Feeling weepy. What kind of future will our grandchildren have? Blogging to beat it back. Would love to hear from you out there. Anyone? Anyone?
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