15 Hard Lessons Boomers Learned Over Time That Gen Z Shouldn’t Ignore

As we grow older, our time becomes our most precious currency. Understanding the value of time and the benefits of hindsight is incredibly enlightening.

As we age, it becomes more apparent that we need to prioritize meaningful relationships and experiences over fleeting distractions in our technological age. Our generational divide may seem big, but at the end of the day, we are connected by our shared human experience and a desire to leave behind a better world. 

Here’s a glimpse into some of the most important revelations from the boomer generation that we wish we had appreciated earlier. 

Pace Yourself

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Life moves fast, so there’s no need to rush it. Your time is precious, so you must make the effort to enjoy it and savor each moment.

Trust Your Instincts

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Other people’s advice can be helpful. However, when making important decisions, you know yourself better than anyone else, so trust your instincts and follow your heart.  You never know what exciting journey it will take you on next.

Make The Most Of The Nature

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Now more than ever, it’s important to connect with nature. As we get older, we tend to get stuck in our routines, especially when we’re working. Set aside time to reconnect with yourself and the great outdoors and remind yourself of what’s important in life.

It’s OK to Be By Yourself

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Learn to enjoy your own company and get to know yourself. Relationships are not the be-all and end-all. They certainly don’t define your worth. The sooner you figure out how to be alone, the more confident you’ll be in your relationships.

Make Time To Meet People Face To Face

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In our current tech-driven world, younger generations are getting caught up in virtual reality. The importance and value of physical interaction are truly invaluable. The digital world can’t compare to the emotional depth and intricate nuances of spending time together face to face, so make sure you take the time to do so.

Life Isn’t Fair

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Unfortunately, life isn’t fair, so there’s not much point in dwelling on your shortcomings. Learning how to navigate a world of bias and prejudice is essential to building your resilience and understanding your strengths. 

You Are Responsible For Your Own Happiness

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You hold the key to your own happiness. Never rely on others to bring you joy. Learn to experience it for yourself, and you will have the gift of sharing it with others. It’s your responsibility to make the decisions that pave the way for a fulfilling life

Don’t Take Things Too Seriously

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Life is too short to take everything seriously. Have fun, enjoy it, be silly, and make others laugh. There’s nothing more rewarding than making someone else smile.

Learn To Forgive

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One of your greatest tests in life will be how you learn to handle people who have failed you. Forgiveness is an essential part of your journey that will teach you to let go of your negativity and help liberate you from resentment.

Time Is The Ultimate Teacher

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With age comes the gift of wisdom and perspective. Time teaches us patience and shows us how far we’ve come. As you age, take the time to step back and examine your achievements. No matter where you are in life, you’ve come a long way from where you started.


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Learning to listen, as in taking the time to absorb and digest what is being said, is one of the most important skills to have. Listening is the foundation of understanding, through which you can learn to empathize, opening yourself up to a new world of perspectives. 

There Is More Than One Kind Of Love

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Love is not limited to one person at a time. Romance can come and go, but arguably more important than romantic love is the love you have between friends and family. Don’t neglect your familial or platonic relationships. They are often far stronger and more resilient than anything else.

Respect Is Earned

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You can neither demand nor expect respect. Maintaining a sense of humility, hard work, moral integrity, and mutual respect for others will set you on the path to success.

Value Your Independence

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Valuing and maintaining your independence is essential for self-preservation. It provides the tools for you to thrive on your terms and take agency of your life. Not only will independence guarantee your freedoms, but it will also help nurture healthier relationships by easing dependency pressures and fostering a sense of balance and mutual admiration.

Redefine What Success Means To You

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When we’re young, we often get caught up in the idea that success equates to material wealth and a luxurious lifestyle. The reality is there’s no one definition of success. The earlier you realize that true success is about freedom and your ability to make your own choices, the happier you will be. 

Take It Or Leave It

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Whether you heed our advice or not, you will realize your priorities and the best parts of life will reveal themselves to you in time. Whatever you take from this advice, remember that you are in charge of your destiny, so take care of yourselves, listen to others, and never underestimate the wisdom of those who’ve come before you. Respect your elders; they can teach you invaluable lessons and insights.

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