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Are you a GenZ-er looking to get ahead? Do you find yourself wishing your parents understood the tech-savvy, fast paced world that melts into one blur of deadlines and life balancing acts?
Well, before you write off your Boomer parents or any other “older” folks in your life, know they have something invaluable to offer: wisdom.
That’s right! Your grandparents, parents, and other countless adults above 50 don’t just speak another language based on ancient facts; there is reason behind it all.
The critical life lessons they’ve been through are enough to fill books with knowledge.
Here we’ll explore the 14 timeless teachings Boomers have passed down through generations that could truly benefit Gen Zers if only given a chance for consideration.
1. Make Note of What Makes You Happy
We have a lot of things competing for our attention and our money.
It can be very easy to get confused, thinking the new car or latest gadget will bring us happiness.
A better option is to actually know what makes you happy, and focus your time, attention, and money on doing these things as often as possible.
2. Be a Good Employee, But Don’t Allow Work to Control You
It’s important to work hard and show your manager and company you deserve a job and a raise.
But no one will remember you the day after you pass.
They will have your job posted looking for someone to replace you.
As such, don’t make your life revolve around work.
3. Inheritance is Not a Retirement Plan
Your parents might be well off, but you should not count on the money they leave you to be your safety net.
They may choose to spend the money or give it to charity instead.
Worse, they may lose it in the stock market or a health setback can wipe everything out.
The bottom line is, you need to take care of yourself and anything you do get should be see as a bonus.
4. Bad Times Will Pass
Life throws us all curveballs now and then and it can be easy to let negativity and doubt set in when thinks don’t work out like we hoped.
But life is fast and before you know it, your fortunes will change again, maybe this time for the better.
So learn what happened when things went wrong but don’t let those moments define your life.
5. Wear Sunscreen
Existing as arguably the most practical advice on this list, remembering to wear plenty of sunscreens is something all boomers want younger generations to know.
The boomer generation is proof of the ailments and skin diseases that men and women can contract if they don’t take the necessary steps to protect their bodies from the sun!
6. Pick Your Battles
Not everything is worth arguing over, especially regarding online discussions.
Boomers advise that younger generations need to learn to pick their battles, as the benefits to mental health are immense; who wants to fall into a pit of toxicity, anyway?
7. Nobody Remembers Your Embarrassing Moments
Although the current generation believes the world revolves around them, nothing could be further from the truth.
“Nobody else ever thinks about the things you did that you think was embarrassing or cringeworthy,” explains one boomer.
“You are not important to them. You are the only one who remembers those moments; you shouldn’t let them define you.”
In other words: Stop beating yourself over things that happened in the past.
8. Take Care of Your Body in General
Whether exercising regularly, staying up-to-date with doctor’s appointments, or simply eating healthy and nutritious meals, prioritizing your health will enrich your life, period!
Boomers may not want to admit it, but they’d love it if future generations had the most extended lifespan of any generation yet.
9. Stay Off Social Media
Boomers lived happily and healthily long before social media descended upon an unsuspecting public, so they know a thing or two about the dangers of it.
Their advice is straightforward: Stay off social media. They didn’t need it — and you don’t, either.
10. Life Isn’t About Being the Most Productive Person
Life isn’t about who can be the most successful in your career or how much money you can make.
In actuality, it’s all about balance and staying true to yourself. “Find interesting hobbies that make you feel good and are good for you,” advises one man.
“Your soul deserves to experience some of your own dreams — don’t waste all your time working towards the dreams of your company’s owners.”
11. Protect Your Ears
Millions of young people take hearing for granted, and boomers are pleading for these kids to protect their ears early and often!
So, take it from the people who know: Dealing with subpar hearing later in life isn’t worth the countless festivals, concerts, and live music events millennials and Gen-Zers love attending.
12. If You Need Therapy, Get Therapy
“If there was abuse in your childhood of any kind and no one helped, get help now. If you can’t afford therapy, use online resources, they’re not the best, but they are still helpful. Don’t have your own children until you’re sure you won’t repeat the cycle.”
13. Relationships Should Be Fun
According to boomers, relationships marked by stress, arguments, and conflicting interests aren’t worth having!
Instead, all connections should be fun, from friendships to committed romantic relationships. The sooner the younger generation realizes this, the better off they will be.
14. Learn New Skills
Don’t give up when you’re attempting to learn new skills.
Many boomers reveal they have seen many dreams die due to a lack of determination. “Every skill takes determined practice to master,” says one woman.
“I see my young friends and relatives try and give up on so many things because ‘they weren’t very good at it.’ You’ll never be good at anything if you keep doing that.”
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