Wednesday, April 14, 2021

COVID PANDEMIC AND LOCKDOWNS, BABY BOOMER-STYLE PART 3

 Hooray for good news:

Vaccines and effective therapeutics are available. Many places are no longer in lockdown. Others are on the verge of fully opening.

Despite the good news, not all Baby Boomers are ready to totally jump into a post-Covid world. 

After all, for more than a year boomers have had to cope with the frightening statistics that we (along with those older than us) are at high risk of contracting a heinous virus, and possible dying. Gasp!

In effect, boomers have been forced to face our mortality. Double Gasp!!

There is no magic switch that turns off a year's worth of fear, anxiety, and stress. If only.

There is no need to justify or defend feelings and reactions.

There is no need to submit to pressure to 'get over it.'

COMMENTARY

Have patience with yourself. Each of us will recover from this terrible ordeal at our own pace.

Have compassion for yourself. Especially, if you feel your gratitude for, thus far, eluding Covid (or surviving it) is overshadowed by mourning all who did not survive, particularly loved ones and contemporaries.

Let's stay positive and believe, sooner rather than later, all of us will (mostly) recover from virus-related fears and anxiety, and hopefully, the grief.

Reminder: We are The Baby Boomers

We are resilient. We are bold. We are feisty.


STAY TUNED

Part 4

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COVID PANDEMIC AND LOCKDOWNS, BABY BOOMER-STYLE PART 2

COVID PANDEMIC AND LOCKDOWNS, BABY BOOMER-STYLE  

PART 2

From the onset of the Covid Pandemic countless experts and newscasters reported that Baby Boomers (especially first-wavers) are susceptible to this potentially deadly virus.


So, of course, we paid attention to reports, eager for information. After awhile some of us tuned out. Why? 

Mainly because a lot of media sites started to sound as if a vinyl record was stuck on an endless loop of doom-and-gloom.


These boomers became skeptical. Was there another side to the story? Something, anything hopeful?

Skepticism escalated into disillusion when too many in the media did not distinguish between actual facts and unproven opinions. 


Yet, quite a few boomers continue to tune in for daily doses of unconfirmed, grim reports, even though they likely lead to raised stress levels, heightened fear, increased anxiety, and ...


If you have had enough, consider how your frequently-viewed media sites and expert guests have influenced your wellbeing, perspective, and subsequent decisions regarding Covid and lockdowns.


Then, consider an alternative. Tune out doom-and-gloom. Be pro-active. Located current, objective, reputable, empirical research. Be persistent. It is not easy to find.


COMMENTARY

Knowledge is power.

Proven facts give Baby Boomers worthwhile knowledge.

Opinionated statements and unverified claims rendered by media personalities propped up as omnipotent experts give us worthless notions.


STAY TUNED

Covid Pandemic And Lockdowns, Baby Boomer-Style  Part 3


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

COVID PANDEMIC & LOCKDOWNS, BABY BOOMER-STYLE (PART 1)

COVID PANDEMIC & LOCKDOWNS, BABY BOOMER-STYLE PART 1

Welcome Back

Remember the good ole days - when Baby Boomers were free to choose where to socialize, and with whom, maskless? 

Doesn't that seem like forever ago?

Way, way back in those days readers of this blog and of my book, Boomerlicious, were celebrating longevity by 'redefining and owning old', boomer-style.  

Along the way, were were transforming attitudes and behaviors associated with old.

Perhaps not all of us reached a celebratory mindset and maybe we didn't quite complete the transformation, but many boomers were headed in that direction.

Then ... Covid arrived with a powerful knockout punch and turned the world upside down.

Then ... The notorious '2 weeks to flatten the curve' policy went into effect. What a verrrry long 2 weeks it has been!!!

Then ... Rules were put in place that controlled our daily schedules, routine outings, social activities, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

NOTE: Obviously, lockdown rules vary based on locations. Some of us live in areas with severe restrictions, others in places with mild, barely noticeable disruptions. If you have lived the past year without restrictions, lucky you.

Now ... We mourn. For everyone who and everything that has been lost to Covid and lockdowns. Sadly, too many boomers have lost loved ones to Covid. Sincere condolences to you.

Now ... We worry. For everyone suffering with the virus and struggling to recover. 

Now ... We feel compassion. For everyone whose jobs have vanished and whose businesses have shuttered because of lockdowns.

 COMMENTARY

Baby Boomers are renowned as the rebellious generation. Mostly, our collective self-image has been tied to our role as trendsetters intent on rejecting established traditions.

Because of Covid, our generation is now identified as 'vulnerable seniors' or, even more appalling, 'fragile seniors.' OUCH!

Although we acknowledge age-related vulnerability (and grudgingly admit some of us may be getting a bit fragile) it goes against our Baby Boomer self-image and pride to endorse this new identity. 

We will not. We can not. No. Nope. Never. 

Well ----- maybe when we turn 90.


STAY TUNED

Covid Pandemic And Lockdowns, Baby Boomer-Style (Part 2)

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