Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
Friday, January 27, 2012 at 9:18AM
Eularee in Wealthy

Each generation has it’s own tag. Those of us born between 1946 and 1964 are called Baby Boomers. The term comes from the thought that our fathers were eagerly reunited with their families bringing a dramatic increase in the birth rate. No wonder why we were the Love Generation.

Despite the flowers in our hair and the unfortunate tag of Hippie, 79 million of us have witnessed some of the most turmoil in the history in our country. From the civil rights to Vietnam, feminism to gay rights, equal pay, equal housing, we have been on the front lines for countless social revolutions. 

Is it any wonder we face aging with the same rebel attitudes? The axiom “Early to Bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” may capture the essence of this rebellion. Once we partied all night, now 9:00 PM seems late, resulting in an early morning call no one wanted to make. But through all the changes of age, we hopefully find ourselves healthy, wealthy and wise (link to each category). Not a bad trade off.

Exploring the advantages and the pitfalls of the aging process means this latest turmoil in our lives is just another revolution. Let us not go quietly into that sweet good night, but rather kicking and screaming as any good aging activist would do.

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