I remember learning about the baby boom during my undergrad... how these many new babies busted the baby merchandise market and how manufacturers had to make tens of thousands of extra cribs, diapers, etc., etc. to keep up with demand.
How the public school system was overwhelmed as they all entered kindergarten... and so on and so forth- throughout their years and developmental milestones.
We learned how they skewed the job market and how they would impact our career opportunities as they delayed retirement.
We learned how they went from hippies to yuppies and how they changed the culture, the economy, and well, everything.
We learned also to anticipate - somewhere around the year 2015- that the Boomer generation would overwhelm the medical, retirement home, hospice and funeral industries.
Now, here we are. But I have yet to hear anyone talk about the connection between the (yes sad, but natural) course of the human lifespan and the incredibly massive ripple effect the Boomers have had and are having on every aspect of society.... and covid... or the flu... or any other illness that is more serious for an "older" person.
If we were in a different era, where the Boomers were still, say, in their 20s or 30s it would be devastating still, but the numbers would be lower.
I know this can sound sterile to those who experience things through more of an emotional lens. But step back and look at it from a historical / sociological perspective. I'm not trying to de-personalize individual experiences, at all. Just trying to provide another perspective besides mass hysteria and division.
Stay safe, smart and grounded friends - M
Photo credit: none was provided from the pintrest page I found it on https://www.pinterest.com/pin/156429787034821276/ but check it out! Lots of cool postwar baby boom pics there.
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Hi! My name is Melinda. I'm a saved-by-grace-er, lifelong learner, INFJ, health & fitness trynabe, Mom, #vanlifer, mental health vlogger, and Director & Clinical Supervisor at a Child & Family Therapy Practice in Northern California.
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