If the title of this post sounds somewhat familiar, it may be because you’ve visited my website recently and read the new tag line I added there:
Embracing faith & simplicity to help Boomers focus on what matters most.
Of course, embracing faith and simplicity to focus on what matters most is helpful for individuals of all ages, but Boomers are typically the audience I write for, being one myself.
You may remember versions of my previous tagline that had a little different focus regarding what I refer to as the Boomer Continuum™ of agile caregiving, graceful aging, and peaceful dying.
While I think it’s still important to cover these topics in one way or another, I’m feeling the need to shift my focus a bit to address them through a different lens.
In last week’s column, “Embracing the Power of Recreating Ourselves,” I talked about the current journey I’ve been on with God in this context:
“At this point in my life, my recreating framework is in trying to determine the focus God wants for my writing—which is why I loved another of Jeff Goins’ proposals: that clarity comes with action. That bit of encouragement started me on a writing and researching journey in which I’m gaining new insights to determine what I need to let go of, what I need to keep, and perhaps what I need to return to that I hadn’t even considered.”
I’m grateful that some of that clarity is developing, as I’ve been writing and journaling about different topics—and I thought I’d share a bit of that with you.
What I need to let go of
I remember the exact moment the concept of the Boomer Continuum™ formed in my head.
I was sitting in the bedroom-also-sometime-office of the lakefront cottage we had rented for a month at Moonrise Resort in Floral City while we waited to close on our new Ocala home.
My mom had died the year before, and I was missing her and longing to understand what purposes God wanted me to embrace in the next season of my life.
So, I spent a lot of time with pen and journal in hand.
When I thought about the journey that many Boomers are on, it occurred to me that many of us either are or will be family caregivers at some time in our lives—and how helpful it is to learn how to do that with agility.
Regarding the second leg of the Continuum—aging—we’re certainly all doing that and I’m pretty sure most of us would like to do so gracefully.
The other certainty we face is dying someday—and I know from my years working in hospice that doing so peacefully is not only possible, but the primary focus for many at end of life.
Within all of these concepts, I saw overlapping dynamics which form a continuum of what Boomers may face.
Thus, the concept of the Boomer Continuum™ was born.
When I launched my website around that theme in 2017, I did so with plans to fully engage in all three of these spaces—but to do so with an emphasis on faith.
What I’ve discovered in my journey since that initial launch are three major things:
- These spaces have either become or already were more crowded than I thought.
- I’m a bit of a square peg in a round hole regarding my perspectives within these contexts.
- That’s way too much to tackle and I need to carve out a more specific niche.
My recent journey of writing and researching about those three legs of the Boomer Continuum™ and the concept overall led me to a decision to hone and simplify my focus—instead of trying to address the Continuum as a whole.
What does that mean in terms of what I need to let go of? That’s best answered in terms of what I feel I need to keep.
Which is a topic I’ll cover in next week’s column, so please stay tuned.
Feature photo by Jon Eckert on Unsplash.
This post first appeared in the March 7, 2020 edition of The Empowered Traveler™ newsletter.