We staged sit-ins to protest a war from which our friends and family members were coming home in flag-draped coffins.
Women burned bras and found freedom in a little pill that gave us a sense of sexually equality.
And we swore that rock ‘n roll would never die.
They say that there is a sense of restlessness in the Boomer generation, as if there is unfinished business.
In his book, 10,000 Days: A Call to Arms for the Baby Boom Generation, author David Mills tells us just what this phenomenon may be.
He believes Baby Boomers lost their way after their endless protests, disdain of the “establishment” and other tremendous changes took place in the 1960s. As Boomers grew to adulthood, they ventured into the business world, raised families, accumulated wealth and discovered that pretty cars, nice homes and big screen TVs weren’t so bad after all.
Mills asks, “Was it worthy of a generation that proclaimed it would change the world? Those are the thoughts percolating in the back of many minds now that the 21st century is under way.”
So will Boomers take up the reins again? The author challenges us to make the next 10,000 days the best years of our generation, taking into consideration that many of us now have the time and the money to think lofty thoughts – thoughts about something other than ourselves and our bank accounts.
“The question begs. Is it time for Baby Boomers to step back into the fray? “ he queries, calling us to recapture some of the idealism we so staunchly swore would never leave us.
In his book, Mills explores how we got to this point in our history as well as how to leave this world a better place for the next generation. He interviewed dozens of Baby Boomers for their perspective on the past, present and future for the book, asking them how we might take the lead once again.
“Our final chapter has not been written. What will our legacy be?,” Mills writes. “What we did when we were young — or what we did when we were old?”