There are 23 items listed on my “You Can 2018” resolution goals. Twenty-three! This may not seem to be many goals for you to reach, but for me, shucks just the mere fact of being on a diet for two days is a major accomplishment! I have managed to work on some of those goals but the one that frighten me the most I accomplished today! I retired from corporate America after 36 years and 11 months. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. After working so long in one place you really kind of feel like you have it made. You can come in when you want to. You can reply back to emails when you feel like it. Nothing becomes an expedite any more and the boss knows you have all the inside dirt so he/she just leaves you alone. An easy, cushiony, laid back, sun-roof top, digging the scene with a gangster lean kind of work attitude. Gosh, though, I’m going to miss those first quarterly bonuses! Ahhh…..you know the bonuses you looked forward to that would determine how vacation would be spent that year! Yeah, Jamaica versus the Baltimore Harbor!
Look!! I am grateful for having a job that allowed a single mother to raise her child and to teach me leadership skills that will carry me for the remainder of my life. I’m grateful for co-workers who became friends. I’m grateful for a pension..even though I know this company really could have done a whole lot better by it’s season employees, but hey I don’t expect any corporation to care about me as a human being! This isn’t the environment in which we live and corporations unfortunately don’t have to care. They don’t and why we, older generation, put so much stock in these companies is beyond my understanding! Baby boomers like me have worked for American corporations most of our lives….most of our lives! We’ve made American corporations great! Baby Boomers have sacrificed their dreams for the privilege of someone walking into a Walmart to buy 100 rolls of toilet tissue or someone walking into a car dealership to buy a Ford truck. Baby Boomers have sacrificed their dreams for the sake of America! Yes, we have given blood, sweat and tears so that America could buy internet, phone and tv at a bundle rate.
It’s time to go. Just that simple. So for my baby boomers who are too young to venture into retirement homes in Florida and too old to learn anything else remotely technical, don’t fret! You really have to believe that you are worth fighting for. That you are worth searching for a passion you once had but just need to remember; that you are worth living out dreams that are only hidden but can be found (for they were never lost); that you are worth living your absolute best life; that you are worthy of being your authentic wonderful self! That you are just freaking worthy!
Search and remember your passion and go after it! Live your authentic self and dare to give a damn as to what anyone has to say or think. Seek God for direction in whatever ways you seek God; for God is present in all things. But when you begin to stir up that passion again, let it be to give of yourself unselfishly, to influence a new generation to love better, to appreciate the earth, to embrace different thoughts and to believe good can happen. There is a world out there that is desperately in need of our dreams which were deferred for a time but now need for us to show that you don’t have to sacrifice your journey in order to live an awesome life. There is a world who needs to believe that their life is not wrapped up in corporate greed and their life can be fulfilled with living their passion. There is a world who needs to see, hey, baby boomers were selfish for a while but we’ve repented and have seen the light! No! We’re not ready to walk towards the light….move away from the light! Not yet!
So as I clock out from my corporate life, I clock in to living my best life! Be bless my friends!!