With about 10,000 of the American baby boom generation turning 65 each day for the next 19 years, we should see boomers put the boom in the memoir trend. They’ve redefined every stage of life, and there’s no reason to expect grandparenthood to be different. Consider:
- There’s lots to write about. Boomers have been flower children in Haight Ashbury and soldiers in Viet Nam. They’ve marched for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and even animal rights. They make up a hefty piece of the workforce in every industry from finance and manufacturing to education, medicine and law. They’ve packed a lot into their 65 years.
- Boomers talk about themselves. Whether you view them as narcissistic and egocentric or generously giving and open to sharing, there’s little argument that boomers have made an art of navel gazing. Will they leave this world without documenting their lives? Unlikely.
- Being a grandparent is motivating. People want the next generation to have personal and family information about what came before.
- It’s easier than ever to write an autobiography. Computers make all the difference. Word processing software provides spellcheck and grammarcheck, while the Internet offers places like our WriteMyMemoirs website for you to access tips and help to get your stories online and into print.
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you’re a baby boomer. And if you’re here on the Memoirs site, you’ve been thinking that maybe it’s time you wrote your life story. As one of 78 million in your generation, you may not be the only one with that idea, but your story will still be unique!