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Monday, April 19 2010

"This generation (baby boomers) is a moving target, continuing their lifelong tradition of shaping industries and challenging the status quo," says Dr. Carol Orsborn, co-chair of FH Boom. He continues "However, now the key is to think of boomers at 70 not so much as revolutionaries, but as ?retrolutionaries'. By this definition, retrolutionaries are the vast majority of Boomer-aged consumers who are aiming to get their monetary expenditures in better alignment with values formed at an earlier stage in their lives. Think the 2016 version of Birkenstocks and VW in the 60's and 70's: living affordably, but with style." 

I think Dr. Orsborn makes a great point.  We, as Baby Boomers have always been a part of what's new and hip and fun (while staying within the budget of course).  Now we are being called on again to make a change, but not a change to new; a change to the way things were.It seems to me that so many people have gotten away from the simple things; spending time around the dinner table with family discussing the day or going out for some ice cream to chat with friends.  Some where along the way, "How successful you were" or "What clothes you wore" became more important than relationships.  Now, as we grow up :-), we have begun to understand that getting back to the way things were is crucial.  We have to spend our time, our energy and our money on connecting with the people we most care about.  Not only that, it is also our job to help with passing these values down to our children and grandchildren. 

We must make "family night" more fun than the iPhone or myspace.  We have to invest in our families future.  It will not only give us the fulfillment that we so desperately desire, but also set a great foundation for the ones that look up to us. So I say, "Viva la Retrolutionaires!"  Let us embrace the next chapter of our lives and in doing so help the next generation write theirs as well.

Posted by: Darlene Jalowsky AT 07:45 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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