Monday, August 18, 2008
Are YOU hung up on your age?
I have this theory that Gen Xers don't really have an age issue. We don't worry so much about getting old - we're more worried about not being cool.
For instance, my husband and I watch this old guy at our church who is an usher. He looks about 150 years old. Each Sunday, he shows up in a suit and shakes hands with the people he knows. We call him "Liquid Cool" (not sure why - my husband made it up and it seemed to fit). Anyway, we always joke that the people Liquid Cool shakes hands with were those who attended his party the night before. We imagine Liquid Cool handing out martinis and cigars to all the other cool people at church. Then one Sunday, Liquid Cool shook my husband's hand. It was nirvana.
The point here is that we want to be like Liquid Cool when we're old. We don't want to try to stay 25-years old. We want to own our wrinkles and be old.
I think the Silent Generation is like this. But the Boomers are another story. I just read this post called 5 Reasons Boomers are Not Seniors. I couldn't help but think - why get so upset? It's not like they're calling you a slacker.
So I'm wondering how you feel about aging. Fight it or own it?