UPDATED POST: 04/10/2020 11:38:32 AM
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.
These are very difficult times. Some say the country is in a cultural and political Civil War. Currently, we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, quarantined to our homes to help stop the spread of a virus. Is this a cause for unhappiness, woe and worry? Is this 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 (WWII – Navy Battle of Okinawa – who witnessed the horrors of war) woke up every day with a smile on his face. Ready to get after it! When I was grouchy and moody, he would say to me, “What’s your problem? Any day above ground is a good one! You’re above ground – aren’t you?” His glass was always half-full.
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 precious Gift! Be happy and embrace innocence. All of us “boomers” are on the back 9 of our lives. We must transition to Innocent > Innersense. This means we have the maturity, patience and wisdom to feel, just like two beautiful and innocent sisters with their whole lives in front of them, the pure joy of being silly, embracing competition and cheering for this wonderful World. The quarantine and pandemic will pass. Never forget, LIFE IS GOOD!