Baby boomers are an interesting group. You are a baby boomer if you were born between the years of 1946 and 1964. There were approximately 76 million baby boomers born in the United States alone during those years.
What is one of the things that makes this group so interesting? Currently, the first baby boomers are at the traditional age of retirement. The later baby boomers, which I am a part of, are at the traditional age of midlife. Both groups are at a point in time where they are evaluating their lives and considering what they will do in the future. Both groups want to lead a life that is full of meaning and purpose.
The new retirees are only leaving their first careers. They're certainly not planning to coast through their remaining years. This group is living longer and has more vitality than ever before. They're looking for a second career that is focused on what they want to do and enjoy. They're looking for ways they can make a difference. Additional income may or may not be necessary. Many are looking for opportunities to volunteer either part time or full time.
What about the younger baby boomers who are now going through a “midlife crisis?" I had always heard this phase in life described as a time when a person would buy fast cars and indulge in bad and dangerous vices. That may be true for some. However, for many it is a time in life when they are considering the impact they can have on others and the world in general. They are looking for more meaning in their life. Ultimately, giving back to society in the form of volunteering is a strong possibility.
I'm excited about the positive impact that baby boomers can make. If you're a baby boomer:
- Discover what you are passionate about.
- Discover the skills and experiences you have developed throughout your life that can help others. Consider what you are good at and what you enjoy doing.
- Identify one or more organizations that support a cause you feel strongly about. An organization might be a local fraternal or religious group. It might be a charity. If you need some ideas, contact your local volunteer center such as the United Way.
- Contact those organizations and offer your services. Many non-profit organizations need help in a variety of skill areas.
- Have fun being involved with other like-minded people while helping to make the world a better place.
To learn more about volunteering, go to http://www.everydaygiving.com and sign up the free special report “9 Questions to Consider Before Volunteering. " Roger Carr is the founder of Everyday Giving .