So like most memes, “Okay Boomer,” got quickly overused.
I get that many of the older generation occupy leadership positions now and are doing little or actively obstructing sensible reforms around important issues such as climate change and I get that many younger people are particularly frustrated by this. But I don’t entirely accept the premise that age or generation explains such behaviour.
People (and I use that term generously) like Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor and Peter Dutton don’t lie about climate change, the economy and refugees because they are Baby Boomers. They do it because they are corrupt and have no sense of responsibility for the future of their country. Let’s not use their generation as an excuse for being truly awful people. Some of the most compassionate, intelligent and progressive people I know are Baby Boomers. And many of the pettiest trolls I know are millennials.
I’m not being facetious when I tell you I failed a test of my character recently. As I’m of Anglosaxon descent I don’t expect Borderforce to try to deport me so I’m happy to share the story here.
It happened playing sport. After a few years of supposed retirement I’ve returned to playing soccer this year. I’m actually loving being back into it. Much as I enjoy the challenge of pushing myself physically and mentally through running and triathlon, team sport provides a different outlet.
I don’t usually give myself a hard time about losing games or making mistakes, but I was reflecting on a recent game and I realised that although on many levels I had played a good game, at another level I was pretty disappointed in myself.
I’ll elaborate. It was game that we won comfortably. I felt I had done my job pretty well and even scored a goal, which is rare for me. But where I failed was something that I thought of as a whole lot more important than the result of a social game of sport.