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Am I there yet?

Pilot gty_pilots_cockpit_airliner_ll_120718_wgMy husband is an aviation enthusiast and reminded me of this illustration. Before commercial or corporate pilots take off, they file a flight plan which includes, among other pertinent details, the destination and estimated time of arrival. Once they take off, however, wind, air currents, storms, turbulence, etc. work against the aircraft so that they must continually make corrections in order to remain on course and reach their appointed destination. Pilots understand the necessity of regulating the route, anticipating and performing the process to achieve their ultimate goal – a safe and punctual arrival.

This course correction is often needed throughout life, but too often I only recognize it after I’ve become discouraged that my project or goal is not working out right. For example, when I began my adventure into semi-retirement, I had so many ideas about what I would do when I grew up. I have many interests – Bible study, business, embroidery, friends, gardening, grandchildren and their parents, people, reading, sewing, teaching, writing and so much more – so I wanted to make my choice fit within the parameters of the things I enjoyed as well as discover a niche where I could concentrate my efforts so that I spent my time wisely.

I started out enthusiastically, doing a little bit in each genre, yet it didn’t take long to realize that I had too many things going on. I needed to prioritize my list. I thought that since I was good at multi-tasking in the workplace, I could come up with a workable solution if I concentrated on only three things. Not so. The three things were still too large, and I finally realized that I had to narrow my concentration further, yet with an interesting twist. One project remained my main focus while the other two became secondary. In other words, I did not give up on them, but I just take little chunks of time and do something that will advance their completion. It may only be reading an article, watching a video or jotting down ideas, but I am moving along in the right direction. Eventually I will get there – I will realize my goal. At that point it will look like an overnight success, but I’m not there yet, and it’s okay. This has helped my level of frustration.

Maybe when you’re asking yourself the am-I-there-yet question, knowing it’s acceptable to continue along your desired path, regardless of speed or apparent success, will help you as well. Just keep going.

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Top questions about baby boomers?

You’ve likely heard the term baby boomer, but do you know what one is? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Using the Google keyword search tool I discovered that 246,000 searches are conducted globally per month to find this out. This is based on a 12 month average. If you are interested in only English speaking countries, the number drops to 110,000 per month. You’ll get similar results if you ask who is a baby boomer or who are baby boomers?

In case you’re curiosity is getting the better of you, I won’t keep you in the dark any longer. A baby boomer is a person born within the period of 1946 to 1964. And according to an article entitled Just How Many Baby Boomers Are There, the 79 million counted in the 2000 census were far too many for the 30-somethings anxious to take over their jobs.

So, what other questions along this topic ranked the highest? According to Wordstream after the generational type question/definition, baby boomer dating seems to be the hottest query followed by references to the PBS baby boomer TV show and health concerns. Other topics with higher rankings were somewhat alarming.

  • baby boomer selfishness
  • why are people afraid to speak about baby boomer euthanasia
  • the government should seize baby boomer assets before they retire

Interestingly, the most competition in these searches came from advertisers and marketers. No mystery here. Baby boomers represent both a large segment of the population and the wield a lot of buying power.

I’ve decided that baby boomers don’t identify themselves in this category so they’re not the ones searching. Boomers consider themselves to be real people rather than being pressed with a label. They are concerned more with specific themes or issues and use the Internet to locate more related information.

So here’s my query today dedicated to baby boomers all over the world.

What are the specific topics you regularly Google / search?

BTW: If you’re not a baby boomer, pass the question on to some you know and let me in on their responses.