Myself, most of my peers and a large percentage of my “fellow baby-boomers” never suffered through a true economic depression and never fought in a war. We had a roof over our heads, food on the table and clean clothes on our backs. Most of us (not all!), I am quite sure, compared to many of our parents and grandparents, had “soft” lives. I think back and know that difficulties or any hard times we may have had were a result of generational change or self-inflicted issues. Sure, societal change (how to govern ourselves, gender roles, race relations, gender identity and others) resulted in and continues to provide challenges. For the most part, we have had a good life. So, why do I find myself yearning for innocence and a return to the “Happy Days”? It’s because today’s world is the most competitive, unstable and dangerous as it has ever been in my lifetime. We have huge challenges and issues that need to be dealt with and resolved for the betterment of everyone.
We are living in challenging times. Is this a cause for unhappiness, woe and worry? Is the last day we are truly innocent just before we come out of mom’s womb, get slapped on the back and start crying? Absolutely not! Are you healthy? Yea! Do you have a roof over your head, food on the table and clothes on your back? Yea! Are your family and/or friends healthy and able to take care of themselves? Yea! My father-in-law was a common sense guy who woke up in the morning with a smile on his face and ready to get after it – everyday. When I was moody, he would say to me, “What’s your problem? You’re above ground – aren’t you?” His glass was always half-full.
Look around you. It’s Spring. There is new life and beauty everywhere. Take care of yourself. Take care of your family and friends. Smell the roses. Life is a Gift! Be happy and embrace innocence. All of us “boomers” are on the back 9 of our lives. We should now transition to Innocent > Innersense. This means we have the maturity, patience and wisdom to feel, just like 2 beautiful and innocent little girls with their whole lives in front of them, the pure joy of our hands and footprints in the warm ocean sand. Life is Good.