Since the 20th century began, generations of life receive a moniker: the Millennials, Generation X, the Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation to name several. Do you know why one is called the Silent Generation? Because they were raised being told that they should be seen and not heard. My parents shared this phrase with my siblings and I on numerous occasions throughout our childhood. They passed it on from their upbringing, given that they were born within the silent generation, between 1928 and 1945.
Because we are raised by generations before us, oral history and traditions become passed down. Those individuals who became adults after World War II are renowned for their tireless work ethic, attention to detail and for getting things done. The women in my life for example, such as my mom, a friend who is like a second mom, and others in their 80’s have been strong role models in my life. Even as they age, they are indefatigable. It doesn’t matter if they are tired, if something needs to be done they do it. They do not put it off, they do not use an excuse. I admire this trait greatly because if I am tired, I wane on the house cleaning, which is my biggest pet peeve of myself.
A trait that I respect from those of Generation Y (1980s-1990s) is their awareness of the planet and their role in taking care of it. Recycling, using options to plastic and buying organic are a number of admirable qualities. That these young adults have grasped such an important concept such as their carbon footprint on the planet is wonderful and inspiring.
All of us can think of a teacher, a parent, a coach, someone in our life that has had a positive impact. They encouraged, believed, demonstrated possibility. As an individual, never forget to live your best life, others are watching and being inspired and you won’t even know it. It is our daily decisions that create a life and those choices are powerful, more so than you realize. Never stop believing that you matter because there is a neighbor, a child, a young adult who needs just what you have to offer to show them that life is possible, and wonderful. You are a role model.