60's To 60 In Nothing Flat
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60\'s to 60 In Nothing Flat

It was a cold, clear day in late November. The year.….1971. This day in my life was more than just special. Special…..well….that’s a word that would apply to your first kiss….your first date….your first car….or, your birthday, for that matter. (Which, so happened, occurred the day before)

On this day, this ultra-critical day in my life, I was in route to the Philadelphia airport….and reflecting. I had just turned 18 years old. On the list of significant birthdays in one’s life, 18 ranks at the top. That’s the day a boy becomes a man. And I was excited and in a hurry to become that man. As so many had before me, I was embarking on a journey that I knew would change the course of my life forever. Before this day ended, I would arrive at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida…..Boot Camp!

But, at this moment, I was not reflecting on an uncertain future, but on the past. You see, life is not really about the destination…..it’s about the journey. And that journey, from boy to man, took me through that whirlwind of a decade now known simply as….the 60’s!

So much has been written, lectured, debated, celebrated, and condemned about this decade…..the tragedy of the Vietnam War (which would continue to rage on for another four years), the Cold War, the Kennedy assassination, protest marches, LSD, music….ah yes….the music!

Rolling Stones….Jimi Hendrix….Janis Joplin….and….oh yeah….the Beatles! The biggest musical ‘explosion’ that this country had ever seen before or since.

Most of today’s teens don’t really give much thought to their past life between the ages of 8 and 18. For most, well, it’s the usual….school….more school….High School….and….oh yeah….there’s dating….and maybe that first car. But, to me, on this day, I was like….Wow….was that a ride or what! It seemed like every day, for ten years, something new….something exciting….something, well….Wow!

I have always felt that, no matter how much schooling you have, no matter how many degrees, the most arduous and enduring teachings are life’s lessons. I began learning these lessons during the most chaotic and wondrous of times.

As I continued on my life’s journey, I can say that I have had many incredible moments since that fateful day….moments that I will always hold fondly in my heart and mind. The 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and on into the 21st century…. All of these decades in my life brought wonder of its own.

In a few weeks, I will celebrate another birthday that holds a fairly high ranking on ‘the list’. I will turn 60!

Just as I did on that fateful trip to the airport, I find myself reflecting on the past. While the 60’s seemed to be a long and glorious ride, the other decades of my life….wonderful times not withstanding….have been a blur. Where did they go? Think hard….you know the truly remarkable moments, but….when did they occur?….and in what decade?

I have no such problem with the 60’s. I don’t know….but it just seems that my life went from the 60’s to 60 in nothing flat!


Street Talk

Thanks Peter. I enjoyed your Blog. I was a Navy Corpsman assigned to Head Quarters Co. 1st Marine Division, 27th Marine Regiment. I am now 66, retired and loving it. Thanks to all the Veterans and the active duty service men and women today. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Covert. He is the oldest living WWll Veteran at age 107. Good luck and keep Blogging. Frank

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Thank you for your kind comment.....and thank you for reading it! :) Pete

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Well written and enjoyable, food for thought!

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