The Grooviest Generation
Okay, the baby boomers may not have been our country’s “Greatest Generation.” Tom Brokaw already awarded that distinction to our parents and few would argue with his choice. Nevertheless, I doubt that many could deny that we represent history’s “Grooviest Generation” and this accolade is of no small consequence.
We boomers spearheaded multiple movements, rebellions, be-ins, and love-ins in our generational commitment to changing the world for the better. And, although we fell short of the mark in many ways, we also achieved great successes. For these, we should be rightly proud.
Better yet, for the fashion conscious among us, we pulled all this off chicly clad in rainbow-hued tie-dies smartly accessorized with multiple strands of brightly colored love beads. Style-wise, we were the opposite of Goth—color was our credo and the brighter the better!
So, it comes as no surprise that such a vibrant generation will not slip quietly into old age. We are, after all, the ones who drove the “youth movement” and that spirit still defines us in many ways. We remain outspoken, rebellious, demanding, and are still “forever young” in our outlook and our attitudes. Best of all, our sense of humor is better than ever and we can enjoy a good laugh at a few of our foibles.
In this spirit, I’d like to invite you to view one of my favorite animations. Walt Handelsman has captured our essence as aging hipsters. As you watch it, you will have little doubt that we were and still remain a generation that defined and embodied what it means to be “far-out groovy!”