No population in America is more celebrated than Baby Boomers. For better or worse they have sculpted the land we live on today.
One look outside tells you it didn’t all go according to plan.
Every house doesn’t have a rainbow over it.
Every yard doesn’t have a unicorn prancing around under that rainbow.
But you can’t take Boomer to task as if it’s all their fault. None of them moved from the Summer of Love to the boardroom, or the White House. That took time.
How did Peace, Love, and Understanding allow so many wars? That happened when the rest of the world didn’t get the memo from the 60’s.
- The next time you find yourself near a boomer, ask them about Timothy Leary.
Ask if they Turned On, Tuned In, and Dropped Out like Tim did. Then ask how many college degrees they had. Tim had a bachelors, a masters, and a PhD.
He worked at Harvard.
Not bad for a drop out.
- Ask boomer about Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. Life as a goof, life as a trip, living the dream.
Except Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes A Great Notion before he flipped the Leary switch.
He graduated from the University of Oregon and attended Stanford.
Before you regret losing your freak flag, before you pull your pony tail out of storage, review your own academic work.
Boomers followed guys who led them astray. But they learned.
You can too.
Boomerpdx Lesson: Before you Turn On, make sure you’re correctly plugged into the right power source. Sticking a fork into a wall socket is always a bad idea.
Before you Tune In, check the language barrier. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life explaining the lessons you learned by playing Beatle records backwards.
Before you Drop Out, finish college. Unless your name is Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, dropping out is copping out. Leary and Kesey might be the guru’s who shined a light, but they had it together enough to graduate before jumping the tracks of normal life.
Better Boomer says, you might be the best and the brightest and think academic success will tarnish your glow, but it won’t. College faculties are full of helpers waiting for someone just like you. They are called professors.