As we begin a new year, you may wonder what changes 2019 may bring for baby boomers.
Were you aware that boomers are increasingly returning to work?
Some call it the "encore" career. This happens for a variety of reasons.
For example, some baby boomers have become restless with retirement.
They want to find ways to continue to contribute in and to the workplace.
Another reason that baby boomers are returning to work is that the economy is now doing well — with jobs available. Furthermore, employers are once again seeing the value of having more experienced and dependable workers.
These are qualities that boomers who are ready, willing, and able to work can offer.
Maybe the days of corporate life are over for baby boomers.
Perhaps the executive suite has been replaced with a cubicle, but somehow, boomers don't seem to mind. Very possibly, they are willing to embrace these changes because they believe that they have something important to offer and they want to be part of the workplace once more.
On the other hand, some baby boomers may feel that there is a void in their lives.
All their years of hard work, raising a family, and making ends meet may now afford those baby boomers the opportunity to do all the things they did not have a chance to do when they were younger. This is sometimes referred to as the bucket list.
This group often has travel on their minds. They want to see and do, as one Seattle boomer recently shared. Travel can be exciting.
Baby boomers can plan ahead and do things meeting their fancy.
For some this might include the national parks; for others, it may mean traveling to as many major league baseball parks as possible — to attend games in several different cities.
A third idea on the minds of many born between 1946 and 1964 for 2019 is going back to college. Many boomers have sold their homes and moved to smaller houses in university towns. Here they can take advantage of the resources offered by universities.
The baby boomer's natural curiosity can be fed by taking interesting courses of study at the local college. Boomers and learning seem to go together.
When you continue to learn — you continue to grow.
So, boomers, whatever is ahead of you for 2019, those in your same category encourage you. We are a different generation than those of previous times.
Baby boomers have always been a "change" generation; a generation reinventing the norms and denying the odds against them. So now, as baby boomers age, they are no longer spectators simply sitting back, taking it all in.
Now, they are out making things happen.
As a result of this extended activity they feel much better about themselves.
Their minds and bodies are richer for their outward energy of activity, and most importantly, boomers are enjoying life.
If you are lucky enough to have the resources, then enjoy the growth possibility.
Enjoy stepping out of your comfort zone, and being truly what you are!
Welcome to 2019!
Rick Bava founded and was CEO of the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community. Bava became known for his popular blog columns "Rick Bava on the Baby Boomer Generation." He is the author of "In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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