Friday, March 30, 2012

Babyboomers Lament!

I 'snook' away to movies on Monday when I finished training earlier than expected - I like to think of that as a 'time gift'.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was on a Walmer Park and I wanted to see it in case it gets whipped off after a week. The movie follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again at any age when you reconcile and let go of expectations. It stars some of Britain's great actors including Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and more. Its really funny with one liners including "When I want you to offer your opinion, I will give it to you." (from domineering wife to henpecked husband) and has had mixed reviews from the more serious critics - but really we don't always want a cinema masterpiece, sometimes we just want to laugh! I can assure you that you will laugh out loud but I found it sad too. Sad because it really speaks about growing old in this century where nothing is assured, nothing can be planned and circumstances change by the day!
It made me think that none of us who were born in the fifties are actually living the future that we envisaged and it would have been impossible to prepare for our increasing life expectancy, cope with a recession that is beyond our control and manage our finances so that we can actually maintain the standard of living that the Baby boomers have raised the bar to!
"Babyboomers" is the term people born into the late forties and fifties are labelled with because we were born into a world full of optimism (after the wars) and opportunity. Women gained equality and the term DINKY was coined - Double Income No Kids Yet! Babyboomers have contributed much to the world of consumerism and in their prime and actively bought cars, homes, holidays and luxury goods injecting much wealth into industry. Now they are reaching pension age, they are now considered a problem and a burden to society! One medical aid company described them at a presentation I attended as a huge brick travelling through the body of a snake. So once we were an asset to society - we are now being blamed for putting a strain on pension and insurance schemes. Sadly its our children who are paying the cost by having to subsidise income and medical costs when governments fail to.

So I will leave you with this thought - Are these not the people who made Britain (and other countries) great? Are these not the people who fed the same pension and insurance companies with regular contributions (obviously to buy bricks for all those huge offices blocks they are fond of building)? Is this the generation that made car makers and banks prosper by their hard work and ambition to drive their own vehicles and own their own homes? Food for thought and if anyone has a solution out there - Please make a movie about it!

1 comment:

  1. As someone who is following straight after the babyboomers, the alternative opinion is that 'they' have had all the advantages of a post-war society, free education, free healthcare, exciting houseprices and are now trying to hang on to their hard earned wealth, houses and jobs, preventing the younger generation of having the same advantages. It's a different world. Just a thought....