According to the statistics from AARP, for the next eighteen years, boomers will be turning sixty-five at a rate of about 10,000 a day.
What does this possibly mean regarding this life stage? It means it is time to redefine what you are going to do the rest of your life, if you are a baby boomer. It changes who we market to in the consumer world. It is a new world of opportunity for baby boomers.
You hear the stats on TV shows and read about them in articles that many baby boomers have not saved enough to retire on. It is all gloom and doom. However, it does not have to be that way. We can make up for not saving a nest egg by not retiring to the lazy boy. We can create products, make music, write books, and develop restaurants and other places of entertainment that catch the interest of the 10,000 people a day turning sixty-five. A baby boomer knows what a baby boomer needs.
There is a quote, “Rich people produce; poor people consume.” If you don’t have that nest egg yet, and you are at retirement age, life is just beginning for you. Get off the couch, don’t take that nap, it is time to get busy! You have an audience waiting to purchase your visions and dreams. One such individual doing this is author, Jack Watts.
Jack Watts has lived a large life, with the ups and downs we have all faced. Everyone has a story. Some have let their stories defeat them. Then there are those senior citizens that are realizing they have the world in their hands! Jack Watts is one of those baby boomers that have no plans of letting up. There is still too much life and opportunity ahead; retirement is not for this ambitious man.
Jack grew up in an Irish home where alcohol, physical, and emotional abuse were everyday occurrences. He became an alcoholic himself. He is a survivor of religious abuse. He has had his heart broken several times. He has had family members steal from him. When he was young, he was educated, handsome, and talented. Now that he is a senior citizen, he is educated, handsome, talented, and full of life experiences.
When he became a “senior citizen,” he knew his life was just beginning. He finally gained the insight he needed. He ultimately learned about setting boundaries, and he conclusively realized it was time to develop his writing skills. His stories provide a look at his life. His story is raw and real. His story is one about never giving up on yourself. Jack has the fighter instinct in him; when he hit bottom, he knew he would find a way to make it to the top again. Jack is still climbing mountains and reaching to the stars.
He has made fortunes and lost fortunes in his lifetime. Reading Jack Watts’ books and friending him on Facebook allows you into his life where there are lessons of hope to all of us. Go to Amazon for a listing of all his books. His series, beginning with Full Moon Frenzy is a fiction masterpiece. In his books, his characters are well developed, and some of the characters are baby boomers themselves. His books are being considered to become a TV series. He did not start this until he became a senior citizen. Ask yourself, “What it is inside of me that I need to start before another day goes by?”
He writes a blog called, Pushing Jesus, which has readers in 140 countries. His radio show in Atlanta is heard all over the world via the Internet. He has writen for the Huffington Post. He is an ordinary man, like you, like me, but he is magnificent because his life is not being wasted sitting on a couch with a remote in his hand. What is he doing is something we all can do. If you to make the effort to live a fully engaged life, you can.
Because Jack Watts stands up for his beliefs, he has those that are jealous and want to see him fail. Many of us fold and quit when faced with the things this man has encountered. He still faces challenges because he dares to bring about change. Jack does not fold; he stands strong. He is an inspiration. He is proof that age is not an excuse to bury our talents. We can still make an impact throughout the world. Jack is one of those baby boomers that is redefining what it means to be a senior citizen.
If you are worried that it is too late, that you have no money in the bank, that your soul is unfilled, look to people like Jack Watts for inspiration.
You are a baby boomer; don’t go to your grave without using the talents and passions that are within you. Don’t waste your time watching TV and feeling sorry for the condition of your life. Every day there are 10,000 people turning sixty-five. There are ten thousand people needing to hear your story of triumph. There are ten thousand people ready to buy your book. Ten thousand new people each day want your product. The masses of baby boomers want to listen to the lyrics of the song you have yet to write, the picture you want to paint or to hear what you have to say. For the first time in history, the doors are wide open for baby boomers to redefine our future; we do not have to settle for what is; what if; or why me. The world is ripe for our dreams and goals. Live your life so full that someone wants to write an article about how you inspired them.
By Shelley Stutchman