That's my generation, born in the 20s and 30s. Say from post WW I to the end of WW II. We were just people who did not represent much of anything but ourselves. Some of my Meh friends are conformist to the point of ridiculousness, and a lot of us, like Terry and me, are recluses at heart, no matter how much we have had to be in the world. My childhood was quiet and mostly uneventful and not something I worried about, one way or the other. Nobody saw anything special about me or tried to burnish my talents. My parents, in common with many others of their generation, had a very tough time of it and parenting was stressful for them.
So mostly I got left alone with my own thoughts, which has given me a lot of freedom in old age. This is also true of Terry. Only now do we appreciate what a gift from our parents that was to let us have our own thoughts. So we don't have to keep with the program as it's laid out for elders but can just go our own way, as we did when we were children.
Sometimes we were called the "silent generation," but I think that was because we had to be called something, I guess. Strangely enough, many of the Boomer idols are actually pre-Boomers, though mostly on the younger side of the demographic. The same is true of important civil rights activists. By the 70's, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll had taken over, and horrified adults fled into enclaves everywhere unless they decided to join the party (I'll never forget my father in law throwing a tantrum at the sight of a long-haired kid walking down the street. And his attitude toward blacks was shameful, too.)
By contrast to us (as a group, only, you understand), Boomers are poor and unsystematic thinkers, due to the drugs, I guess, and all that running around they do. Their great strength, though, is that they will try just about anything! That attribute of theirs really did free things up in so many ways! The stolid conventionality that some elders still cling to was the norm until the 70's. I am kind of conventional in that style sometimes, but I can be very free, too. What I won't do is cross the line into risky behavior, because that always has consequences I'm not willing to suffer.
Well I meant to do this and that, catching up on the many things that did not get taken care of while I was sick , but instead I wrote this piece of self indulgence. Back to work!
Tonight I will reward myself by watching Pootie Tang. If you watch sports, don't criticize my taste!