Center of the Universe

I have no skill at writing blogs or poetry, however, I want to express my hope that folks will continue to be or become their own advocate. Becoming older does not have to mean becoming less significant or less heard. As a group of older citizens we are still a force to be reckoned with. My wish for the new year is that we speak up and ask for what we need, no matter what country we live in, no matter our financial situation, no matter our spiritual affiliation.

I was born near the end of the Baby Boomers. I want to say how much I appreciate the men and women who came before me. When Baby Boomers were ready to retire they were not satisfied with sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair. They decided they wanted more. The sheer volume of mature persons ahead of me literally plowed the path for the rest of us now approaching retirement.

We should not be defined by the media's definition of who the "cool kids" are for our generation. Maturity allows me to accept that some need to take steps to look a certain way. However, I also know that judging me for not taking those steps is the problem of the beholder and not mine. Bring on the wrinkles, bring on the freedom to spend my money and to travel where and when I please.

Here is my attempt at poetry:)

The happiest moment of life
should be the pinnacle without strife.
The moment you discover your inner strength
does supercede your decision against
the knowledge you know to be true,
the Center of the Universe is you!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. You are my heros. Thank you for leading the way. Aralia/Seattle, Washington USA.

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  1. starlette

    Excellent advice Aralia…….maturity brings the confidence to act and look as we choose, regardless of what others think……..less heard, never……I have an opinion and have a right to be heard, just as much as the next person, if I get bad service or am not happy with something I complain, in my younger days I would not have done this…… days…….. I pays me money…….I want me value… …i always told my children and grandson that they are as good as the next and a lot better than some, never to under value their worth, and never to sell themselves short…….ty for the blog….xx

  2. powderpuff

    Good blog Aralia. Even grey power can be a force to reckon with. I aren’t a baby boomer, as I was born during the war, but there is nothing we can’t do if we set our minds to it.

  3. roseinbloom

    Thank you for a good blog.Many baby boomer retirees are baby sittingorraising grandchildren or working and not retiring at all, but most are doing it their way and definitely being significant.

  4. Jsmile

    Great blog Aralia!!
    My attitude completely. The media does try to stereotype older people.
    Society in general does too because they listen to media too much. We as older have so much to do and contribute. Most of us have worked hard in our younger years to get to this place in life. I personally think the “rocking chair” mentality is dangerous. Old saying is, use it or lose it is so correct. As I’m approaching senior years I watch the few before me retire and just quit. In my mind they are giving up but why? Do they somehow feel they have earned the right to quit? That is their choice though. Anyway I am probably busier now more than ever and I love it. We have so much we can teach and contribute to younger people today. From what I see they need it too lol. I’m not sure I will ever fully retire unless this body tells different. I believe to a degree we have earned respect and deserve it. That includes the buying of goods and services as you stated. Give me the value of what I paid for or you’re going to hear about it lol. You do very good at poetry and blogging. Keep it up 🙂