Lately I’ve been drawn back to the late ’60s: songs, movies, inspiration. These pop culture years from 1967–1969 keep popping up throughout my days as either a wistful thought or nostalgic feeling. Maybe they’re accidental, or perhaps on purpose—I’m not sure which—but these happy memories follow me.
I was 6-YO in 1968. It was an important historical year and really unbelievable how many events took place that truly changed the world. I’ve always felt that ages 4–6 are most impressionable. I read that somewhere at some point, but witnessed it with my own eyes as a parent, aunt and friend.
When I find a movie that touches me, it’s usually from 1968. I Google a song I love… 1969. So I’m going with it. This is my thing. 🙂
I’m calmed by the songs from these years and their melodies warm my heart. I’m entertained by the films of this era, too. They’re thought provoking and capture my attention. I love the artistic touches and cinematic nuances in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, for example. And if I want backround noise, I don’t turn on the news. I pull up Cool Hand Luke or the original True Grit instead!
Perhaps its the Bohemian in me. A little bit of counterculture is in my soul.
Does anyone remember Whole Earth Catalog? It was an American counterculture magazine and product catalog published several times a year from 1968–1972, and occasionally thereafter until 1998. Whole Earth pushed science, intellectual endeavor, and new technology as well as old. As a result when personal computers came along, Whole Earth was in the thick of the development from the very beginning.
Today I listened to this TED Talk by Steve Jobs and learned that one of my favorite quotes associated with Jobs originated in 1968 and from Whole Earth. The talk begins with his 2005 Stanford commencement address where he speaks admiringly of Stewart Brand:
“Stewart and his team put out several issues of the Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: ‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.’ It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.”
Stay Hungry. Much of what Jobs stumbled into from inspiration and following his curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Stay Foolish. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Someone might think we’re whimsical for having this website and writing poems about fruit, sunshine or the moon, but it’s my desire for what is beautiful, elegant, layered and evocative in the world. It keeps life inspiring, light and free.
Inspiration is so incredibly important and is the springboard for creativity. Mix that with responsibility and you get happiness and PEACE. Here’s what research and this article from Harvard Business Review says about Why Inspiration Matters:
“Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration may sometimes be overlooked because of its elusive nature. Its history of being treated as supernatural or divine hasn’t helped the situation. But as recent research shows, inspiration can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.”
Always be curious to learn and achieve more. Keep an open mind and look for inspiration all around you. Make the most of your time on earth. The defining moments of the late ’60s stamped my heart and soul. They provide me with an endless source of inspiration, and I am grateful.