For me, I love the late 1960s. The hippie era. People were totally rebelling against the extremely conservative times of before. These times were more about the people than anything else. The people actually had a voice and made themselves heard. It was time to stop putting up with sh*t. It's you're life and you do what you want. That, in my eyes is what this period in time stood for.
Freedom, that is one word that sticks out. Everybody was on there own personal journey to find there inner peace and freedom. They did what they could to achieve this with relatively very little hassle compared to today if you were to do the same types of things. Whether that be, drugs, love, music or whatever. There were less rules. You could reasonably do whatever the f*ck you felt like. Reasonably.
Music. The music of the late '60s in my opinion is the greatest music era of all time. No question in my mind. From some of the greatest concerts/festivals you could have ever asked for. True rock and roll started and the psychedelic age took off, now it only lasted for a few years. But man, to live in those few years and to experience that first hand, far out!
Vehicles. Talk about some of the most iconic vehicles the planet has ever seen, go to the late 1960s. V8 engines and muscle cars were covering the streets. Can you imagine that? Walking down the sidewalk to see a Mustang, Camaro, Chevelle, Charger etc. rumble on by on a regular basis? The oldschool American muscle cars kicked ass. Not to mention you'd see some VW vans pass from time to time, possibly covered in hand painted art and tie dye. Just not a care in the world. Just you and your van, windows down, cruisin'.
Now, the fashion style of this time might not be the most appealing, long hair, head bands, ripped jeans, flip flops, who cares. Wear whatever the hell you want, it's all about comfort and how you feel. From what I can tell, that was the mindset back then, your outside appearance was not equal to your inside mindset. Nowadays, it seems that has reversed. Kind of a bummer.
Now obviously the biggest downside from that time was the f*ck up known as the Vietnam war. But I really don't feel like going into detail about that. Did a report on this sh*t back in school, I'm sick of it.
Also, back then you didn't have all this technology bullsh*t. Now, sure computers and the internet can come in handy hear and there and entertain you for an hour here and an hour there but in general it has a few negatives as well. I go to apply for a job in person, they tell me to check out there website, like f*ck off and just take the damn resume. I'm walking down the street and I want to scratch my balls, I can't there's a camera on the street corner watching me. I take a piss behind some old building, again cameras watching. No privacy. I do strongly believe that this technological age is one of the main causes of the increase in depression and social anxiety these days. I may be talking about myself on this one but I'm sure there are many others in the same boat.
Growing up in this day and age you have to adjust your life to the technology. You'd be a fool not to. Growing up in the late '60s or really any time without it and not knowing it even existed wouldn't bother me one bit. In fact, I think I'd be a happier person.
Sorry for the somewhat depressing ending to an initially happy post. Just thinking of a time that once was and will never be again, sort of hits me deep. Long live the 60s and 70s! Peace and love.