Writer’s Block: Bloom, Baby, Bloom!

By Corinne Wnek

Last week’s summer weather tease was all it took to push some of us over the edge to do the unthinkable and wear open-toed sandals in March. I can still hear the gasps among fashion traditionalists who also hold tight to the belief that no one should wear white after Labor Day.

I admit that I hardly ever wear white after the first week in September but could never wrap my head around why I don’t. Then it hit me. I do things like this because I’m a baby boomer and these are the kind of rules boomers grew up with. Another rule we embraced was the one about never ending a sentence with a preposition. And not to use fragments.

Another rule boomers learned early on was the value of hard work. Parents and teachers told us that hard work was the key to success, so it is no surprise that there are more type A personalities among us. Yep. We’re royalty when it comes to high blood pressure.

I noticed that a lot of people don’t follow boomer rules and at first this genuinely puzzled me. I mean rules are for the good of society, right? But then I realized how many others out there aren’t in the boomer club and don’t want to be. Could it be that these people want to do things another way? Do they have problems with rules? That’s when I realized that I was experiencing, first hand, generation gap crap.

I’m all for abiding by rules. But I’ve come to understand that there are times when it’s good to go over to the dark side to see how another generation copes with life. I’ll say this much for thirty and forty somethings: they do a lot of things right. And they do this by questioning the rules. They also realize life should be much more than ‘hard work equals success’. It is also about relationships, personal development and finding ways to make memories and enjoy life.

So, boomers, we can stay in our allotted place as byproducts of history, following the old rules, or we can reinvent ourselves and be called ‘bloomers’ instead. We can be more open to taking a risk or learning different ways of doing old things. We can embrace the concept that having fun doesn’t necessarily make us slackers and we can try not to take ourselves so seriously. ‘Boomers’ or ‘bloomers’, just don’t let them call us ‘gloomers’.

I just might really let go and wear those white pants after Labor Day come this Fall.

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