Attention Old Hippies!

Getting ready for retirement is what a lot of the hippy generation are currently doing.  There are decisions to be made, adjustments to be considered. Sort of like the feeling when one approaches the end of high school and asks themselves “What am I going to do with my life now?”

So what are you going to do?

Arizona as a retirement destination is looking less desirable than it once was. As are some of the tropical islands threatened by rising oceans and oil spills.

There are some lovely elder-cruises I’m sure, as well as shelves full of books that were meant to be read over the years.

There’s movies and craft projects, that class in art history you always meant to enroll in, visits with children and grand children, get togethers with friends, evenings at the theater or concerts. 

The quiet countryside may be just the place to watch one’s remaining days whittle away.

Some old folks I know spend their time watching the Weather Channel in their retirement condos. They’ve downsized from the big family home now that everyone has moved out.

Seems all that extra time has both benefits and detriments.

This is not to begrudge anyone their relaxation. It’s been earned. And time for one’s self and for reflection is necessary.

I just wonder though, if there are some who are approaching this phase in life with some trepidation.

For those folks I have a little proposition.  Why not help to finish what you started?

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[photo from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom]

Populate a peace picket.

Write some letters.

Call your representatives.

Start a committee.

Write a speech for someone.

Make a speech.

Sing a song.

Start a band.

Start your own YouTube channel.

Write a blog.

Organize.

Make your concerns known.

Join a movement.

Start a movement.

Campaign.

Influence policy.

Get arrested.

Get elected.

You know the slogans. You know the songs. You know the system.

You have the time. You have the economic power. You have the experience. You have the knowledge.

You used to have the passion.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~Dylan Thomas

Please.

Get up! Stand up! Help Finish What You Started!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!
Preacher man, don’t tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don’t know
What life is really worth.
It’s not all that glitters is gold;
‘Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. come on!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!
Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!
Get up, stand up! (jah, jah! )
Stand up for your rights! (oh-hoo! )
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
Don’t give up the fight! (life is your right! )
Get up, stand up! (so we can’t give up the fight! )
Stand up for your rights! (lord, lord! )
Get up, stand up! (keep on struggling on! )
Don’t give up the fight! (yeah! )
We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-schism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in an ism-schism.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (what you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah! )
So you better:
Get up, stand up! (in the morning! git it up! )
Stand up for your rights! (stand up for our rights! )
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight! (don’t give it up, don’t give it up! )
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
Stand up for your rights! (get up, stand up! )
Get up, stand up! (… )
Don’t give up the fight! (get up, stand up! )
Get up, stand up! (… )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight!

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6 comments on “Attention Old Hippies!

  1. I’m not so much of an old hippy, but I am coming up o my first retirement. I think I’d be willing to run for (I’m almost stupid enough too) office after I retire. I’d just need someone smart and wealthy around to advise (do my research for me) and finance my campaigning.

  2. Some great suggestions in there for everyone, not just the aging hippie demographic, but speaking as one, it’s true as we age we especially need to be reminded to get off our collective duffs for the things that need fighting for. For some reason, it’s a lot easier to fight for others when you have nothing. Also, it seems the brightest stars of every generation go nova first. So many who led that fight are gone, so much of that spirit of the times is gone, but the need is still there. So it’s important to do what you can– for others, obviously, but also for yourself. You offer some very good counters to feeling useless or excluded, especially those involving the internet, which is a tremendous resource for all of us. If there’s no one at home to talk to, you can still talk there. (Talking is one of the last things to go, I’ve noticed.) So, sign online petitions, email long libtard tirades to ultra-conservative politicians, find out who you can support locally, and talk sense to anyone who’ll listen on any forum you can find, not just the places where people agree with you.

    Thanks for remembering we’re still out here (and also for the link.)

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