Why Baby Boomers Should Embrace Change

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After half a century of living has gone by, let’s face it, we baby boomers can get stuck in a rut. Our instinct is to resist change, cling to our comfort zones, and let fear hold us back.

However, with age comes wisdom and by now we should know more about who we are and what we want out of life. Why not act on that wisdom and make deliberate variations to keep up with our ever-changing needs and goals? Maybe something that was right for us in the past just doesn’t work for us anymore.

Since change is constant and cannot be avoided, isn’t it better to purposely shake up our routine, take a chance, and embrace new challenges that come our way? Sometimes even unplanned and unexpected changes in our lives can be beneficial – even though it may not seem like it at the time.

Think about it. Change can be a great way to bring excitement and adventure to our lives. It encourages personal growth by teaching us to adjust to new situations and people. Change forces us re-evaluate our life and look at things from a different viewpoint. It triggers progress and new beginnings. Change can open up new paths we never considered that may lead to happiness, contentment, and fulfillment.

So maybe it’s time to let go of that miserable job and struggle at something we love instead of succeeding at something we loathe. Or if that’s too drastic, how about letting go of bad health habits that are holding us back? Or ditching those same-o boring routines? Even the smallest change can inspire more adventure, joy, and happiness.

Why not try a new recipe, paint our toenails a scandalous color, listen to different music, or try a new workout? In other words, be spontaneous! Let go of those old, boring behaviors we develop as creatures of habit and develop new positive practices that can bring peace and tranquility to our lives. Start watching sunsets, going to concerts, hiking, or keeping a journal.

Wisdom dictates that life only moves in one direction – forward. Let go of the old and make way for the new. We’re never too old to change. We just need to embrace it.


Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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5 Responses

  1. Tamara says:

    You have expressed what I have been learning and experiencing during the last several years! My life got shaken, stirred, dumped on and peeled, but I have more joy and contentment now than I could have imagined. Through it all I have learned to trust again, to laugh at myself, to enjoy what I enjoy, and to connect with loved ones. Change is a good thing!

  2. Susan says:

    Older ones in my family have mentioned to me that life is all about change and adjustment. I can really see the wisdom of learning to view it in a positive light and embrace it. Thanks for another great article!

    • juliegorges says:

      I was also taught by my family to be flexible and go with the flow. I didn’t always embrace change with all our moving when I was young, but I’ve grown to appreciate the excitement that change can bring.

  1. November 13, 2014

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