If you have arrived on this site it probably because you searched on one of the many keywords related to #aging and or retirement.
I know that because the chances are slim to none that you got here from typing in the URL www.rkayic.com. Why, because the title is really a play on my name, initials actually, and the phonic pronunciation of the word Archaic. This is what some would say I am. RKAYIC
Well I may be Rkayic, but I’m not dead yet and neither are a lot of my friends of the same era. The problem is much of society seems to disagree with that. If you did a search on “aging” you will find that the first page of Google brings back mostly government sites, institutions and public #health sites. Try #seniors and you get silly things like senior dating, senior housing and again health care facilities or nursing sites.
Great, good information for those people looking out for seniors, but what about us Seniors ourselves. Outside of the dating site, which for most of my friends is not on the top of their needs list, there is little else that addresses us as people or even human beings.
What the heck is going on? I may be pushing 70, but I am not in-firmed, nor have I lost my faculties.
A concept that is often challenged by young people.
I was discussing a topic the other day with a young man who was saying he had experience in this, and in that and had done this and that. So I asked him how he could possibly have done and gained experience in some many things.
His response to was: “you are out of touch with the world, your depth of experience (40 years) in this one area means nothing in the workplace today. The only thing that matters now is breadth of experience and you have none of that”.
The young man was 37 years old.
I was astounded and speechless. Not only because I found his comments demeaning but totally disrespectful. But, heh, maybe I’m just too old and take offence to easily. Again his comment.
But insolent young people aside, where are we as seniors? Are we truly nonentities?
I recall a saying I saw in some craft store one day which read:
- At 30 you are invincible
- At 40 you become insignificant
- At 50 you are invisible
- After 60 you cease to exist
This of course, was referring to women, but I’d guess there is something similar for men somewhere and now on the internet, not some little craft store. Being on the net somehow makes it official.
So my question is why aren’t we “the senior crowd” sticking up for ourselves. We taught our kids about it and I guess we are teaching Grandchildren, but what about US?
The news abounds with BULLING being the number one issues kids face today. Now they not only have to deal with these “misunderstood #bullies, they have to avoid the gunslingers coming and shoot them in school.
But those kids are not alone.
Seniors Face Bullying on an unprecedented scale from Millennials’ and the gen X-ers
As seniors, we face a barrage of name calling, discounting and rude behaviour, albeit not from our peers, but from the demographic that will someday be in control of our world, the environment and us.
No, I am not crying for a call to arms. Wouldn’t that look just too funny, a band of seniors with some single shot rifles from the second world war, marching on who?? Our kids, our former bosses, our doctors?