Friday, August 8, 2008

Babyboomer sensitivity

Depending on how you count it, I am either a babyboomer or a Gen X (or somewhere in between in no man's land) and I suspect the latter is the most accurate label. I was born in the mid 1960s, so all my life (literally) I have trailed the great demographic story of our age -- the babyboomers.

Or I haven't.

As I said, it depends how you count it. I could also be one of the first Gen Xs. Wikipedia says no here, although I have to add Wikipedia's article is tagged as having potentially multiple errors (so, that isn't a huge help).

Besides, such labels are irrelevant. I have happily ignored them for years. But now, for some reason, the airwaves and newspapers seem to have latched on to the 'babyboomer reaches retirement' trend and more recently the 'babyboomers start to die' topic.

But seriously, for someone likely to live longer (all being well) than any of her predecessors, ever, I cannot help but baulk each time I hear / read someone going on about the end of the babyboomers.

For heavens sake, even that generation (and now you know where I really stand) has a hell of a lot of kick left!

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