Are You Afraid Of Turning Into Your Parents?In today's Sunday Times, author Shane Watson warns her younger readers that we, too, are going to get old. "We are the generation who think we are never going to turn into our parents, thanks to Boots anti-age serum and our relentlessly youthful mind-set," Watson writes, "Sometimes we might feel a bit creaky in the morning, but, still, we are confident that age shall not wither us nor the passage of time alter our habits and lifestyle, because we are different." And though the culture of youth is strong throughout the world, Watson gently points out that maybe, just maybe, we might be "tempted by the prospect of turning into our parents."Women of all ages are constantly being bombarded with pressure to stay young, be it through Botox, nip/tucks, wacky creams, or otherwise. The obsession with youth in the United States, at least, is not a phenomenon relegated to women in their 20's and 30's. Our boomer parents are just as obsessive as we are, making up a huge chunk of the marketing base for anti-aging products and procedures. "Cougar," "MILF," and even "GILF" have entered the national vernacular over the past decade or so, and it's hard to argue that it's due to the majority of our population deciding to slide into their golden years without wanting to hang on to a bit of youth along the way. But as Watson notes, members of the "hippie" generation are heading into retirement with one foot in their youth and the other deeply entrenched in the age-old traditions of the Silver Fox set. Watson's main argument comes from a study published by Economic and Social Research Council, which claims that recent retirees are following "every single convention of adult life, are making like their parents in retirement. Okay, they may have more wind chimes in their gardens. Possibly they’re wearing Birkenstocks rather than Hush Puppies, and cooking more lentils, but the disciples of the new age are using their golden years like every pensioner before them — for home improvements and long walks." The style may be different, but the substance, in essence, is the same. My parents aren't retired yet, but they plan to travel (and yes, to garden and improve the home) as much as they can. My mother and father were mods who snuck out of bathroom windows to dance all night at clubs across the state line, and now they spend their weekends at the Home Depot, picking out mulch. Is it glamorous? Not really. But my parents have been married for 35 years, and they enjoy their time together. They may not be riding around on Vespas or rocking white eyeliner anymore, but they're still happy, and they're still in love, and if that's what my golden years are to look like, then I'm not afraid of becoming my parents at all. What about you? How do you picture your golden years? We Will Turn Into Our Parents [Times Online]