Baby boomers are an interesting group. You are a baby boomer if you were born between the years of 1946 and 1964. 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 evaluating their lives and considering what they will do in the future. Both 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 retiring from life. This generation 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. Making additional income may or may not be necessary. Many are looking for opportunities to volunteer either part time or full time.
What about those 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 to an extreme. That may be true for some. However, for many it is a time in life when they consider the impact they are having 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 the baby boomer generation 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. Identify one or more charities that support a cause you feel strongly about. Contact them and volunteer your services. It doesn’t matter if you only have one hour a week or 60 hours a week to donate. You will make a difference and feel great about what you are doing at the same time.
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.
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