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Thursday, February 1, 2018

What Does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?

Isn't that a great quote?  Lately, I have been dealing with the 18-year-old Grandson who doesn't seem to have the drive I want for him.  (If I could only throw it in the nest for him!) 

I was doing a little thinking and researching over the internet - I'm beginning to think the internet is part of my internal thinking machine.  Scary.

Anyway, I fixated on the word Ambition and was trying to think how I could bring this into a good conversation with him.  Uh-oh.  I realized I had no example in my life that I could share with him.  

Then I got to thinking what was Ambition in the life of a Boomer?  What strong desire to do or achieve did I have?  
My Ambition is to become a (what)?  The things I had strived to be:  the cutest teenager I could be, the smartest student in the class (oh well, failed that one), the best Parent ever, the hardest working and most dependable Legal Assistant, on to Loving and Caring Grandparent, then on to Retiree with the most enjoyable lifestyle. 

As they say, "Been there, Done that."  Now what.  If I don't have an Ambition am I the same lazy dazy being my Grandson is?  I'm pretty sure I don't like that comparison. 

Are you still trying to climb Mt. Everest or become a Prima Ballerina?  Do you have any Ambition in your life?  What does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?


  1. I love this question, Barbara. I did all those things as well and now I'm focussed on enjoying each day as it comes. Trying to live in the moment unencumbered by expectations of any kind. By the way, I can't believe you have an 18 year old grandson! What?

  2. When I was young (your grandson's age), I had an unwavering, single-minded obsession (ambition) to go to university, become a professional and earn a good living for the rest of my life. I achieved it and now my ambition is to enjoy retirement.

    The motivation for my ambition was fear of poverty. I'd had enough of that growing up. But motivation also came from the desire to be independent, not to have to marry and raise children, not to have to live the life my mother did.

    I understand that lack of motivation can be quite common among youngsters today. I think it's because they do not have enough to struggle against and overcome. Motivation is not bred in a soft and easy life. That's been my experience anyway.

  3. My grandchildren are young. My ambition is to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can. That will enable me to travel with them, and continue to be an active grandmother as I am now. I have everything else I’ll ever need or want.

  4. My ambition is to do good in the world. I know I will not cure cancer or bring peace to the Middle East (or anywhere else in world except perhaps my own home, but I can make the world a better place by being kind to others. Perhaps I can nurture greatness of accomplishment in someone else so I like to volunteer in educational programs.
    A simple thing to show kindness and encourage others, but not easy to do consistently, not something I am always successful at accomplishing. I hope intentions count and I keep trying.

  5. My ambitious days are over. Now all I want is to live a kind, caring life and to not insulate myself from the world around me.

  6. I have noticed that many of the young ones in our family don't share the same ambitious drive that us older ones do, as well.

    For me, I have so many things I want to do, people I want to spend time with, projects I want to accomplish.....there just aren't enough hours in the day, or energy in my body to do it all. I think that is somewhat my personality. Many of the young ones I love just don't have the same "list" that runs through their heads, I guess.

  7. Is it ambition? Or is it that they have never had to work a day in their life and everything was given to them, phones, any toy they wanted (video) car or car privileges, clothing, et. My family wasn't poor but my father made us have PT work in high school so that we learned the value of a dollar as he'd say. You'd be surprised at the ambition you get when you want things. I knew my parents could afford to buy us these things but they just wouldn't. So I always had a job because I liked nice things, clothes, gas money, money to see a concert etc.