Old age doesn't start until 70. Wrinkles don't matter. But gray hair does. And 33% of midlifers are "confident" about getting older. So says a new of baby boomers, those who can claim anywhere from 47 – 65 candles on their birthday cake.
Technically, I'm in this demographic, though at the tail end of it. I was 8 when Jimi Hendrix rocked Woodstock with his iconic version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The closest I ever came to the Summer of Love was when I wrote "Make Love Not War" on my Girl Scout handbook and was grounded for it. I had no idea why nor what "make love" meant; I just thought it was the opposite of war.
And though I've never really felt completely like a baby boomer, nor a Gen-Xer, I am in sync with my midlife cohorts for being optimistic about aging. As much as I complain about perimenopause – and thank you readers for listening – I (mostly) accept this change with its challenges.
According to the AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll, 73% of boomers are being proactive about stemming some of the negative aspects of aging by doing things like eating better and exercising. They're (we're) not old but pushing back the diving line between middle and old age.
"I wouldn't be 20 again for millions of dollars," Susan Sarandon is quoted as saying. "There is no price that you can put on the wisdom you have when you're older and feeling comfortable in your own skin."
I don't want to be 20 again either. Nor 30. 40 maybe. And feeling not quite the baby boomer my birthdate tells me I am, my question would be, how many millions of dollars would that be? I just might take that bargain – if I could take Steve and Max back in time with me.