Generation X came along about 1965.
HAPPY SENIOR BIRTHDAY, GEN X.
You cross the line into being a Senior this year.
You are officially OLD. You are offically past your prime even if 50 is the new 40 as Baby Boomers have been known to say.
You have a little longer to bask in the sunlight of "acceptable" ages as some famous Hollywood personalities are working hard night and day to tuck, trim and use their millions to "look" and "act" as though 60 was the new 40.
Welcome To The Ranks of Old Age and all its negativity; where time passes quicker and you move into becoming a member of the "forgotten generation" -- passed over, set aside and too many members becoming a strain on society if it notices and cares.
Old saying "Too much powder and too much paint makes a little lady what she ain't."
New aging rendition: "Without powder and without paint the marks of time regenerate."
Men can "get away" with aging physically much easier than women. Grey hair and wrinkles are distinguishing and even "sexy" -- on a man, that is.
What's interesting about the different "generational segments" is how closely their lives intercept and overlap as the years pass.
What's challenging is how they don't notice this relationship until they cross so many timelines and by that time their power and their voices become less strong, less viable.
I find the fact of the "melding generations" amusing because I have a niece who was the flower girl in my wedding and just four years old at the time is actually in the same generation, The Baby Boomers, as I am.
Of course we're at different ends of the spectrum of the group, but we're still "in it together" and affected by all the challenges it brings.
I'm almost positive she doesn't find that amusing because each generation, until the years rapidly pass by, don't give a thought to their own place in the time cycle, the generations cycle, and how it actually relates to others.
Tick Tock. She's going to be 51 this year. Wonder how becoming 50 felt to her?
Wonder how she felt when she received that greeting from AARP to join their ranks?
Imagine she felt a lot like I did.
Where did the time go?
Measuring by the children's ages and our marriage.
Looking back but still looking forward seeing possibilities and opportunities.
Thinking of grandchildren and other positive pleasures even for those who married late and began families later as she did.
Suddenly, another decade passes. A warning light appears.
Sixty. Retirement, if it's not happened or happening (by choice, hopefully) is looming.
Admittedly, some savor the possibilities and have active lives. Some, however, are headed for the challenges of choices they made in life or potential medical challenges they had no warning would occur and put a quick end to all their plans, hopes and dreams.
From the word "senior" comes the word "seniority". Once a valued and highly sought after position and reference.
Today, that reference often puts the worker in a position to be the first up for dismissal or "early retirement". No wonder people don't want to age, don't want to climb the ladder too high and often find ways to sidestep or avoid having "seniority".
Funny/Sad -- we all want the Google positive definition and positiveness of the word:
Marking the years on a calendar from birth to whatever day it is, the reality is, we get this definition from Widkipedia of SENIOR, the base of the word "seniority"
Senior may refer to:
- Senior citizen, a common polite designation for an elderly person in both UK and US English