Where Are the Hippies Today?
Back in the 60's, the hippie movement seemed to be a worldwide phenomenon that would last forever. This is partly true because hippies do still exist and there's even new age hippies, neo-hippies, or modern hippies now (depending on what you prefer to call them), that are trying to follow the ideals and principles of the original ones from the sixties. But the hippie movement is nowhere near as prominent or influential as it was back then. Those that have lasted through the years and stuck to the lifestyle and way of life they swore to follow as teens and young adults are far and few between. Sometimes they are so different now than how they were when they were younger, that it can be hard to recognize them for what they once were. So what happened to the love generation and where did they all go? Where are the hippies today? To answer that question, we'll have to look to different places of the world and different lifestyles, because they didn't all end up in the same place.
A large amount of hippies ended up becoming successes in various fields and professions. Many of today's CEO's of large companies were once hippies themselves, or at least claim to have been. Steve Jobs of Apple Computers is a perfect example of this. According to Steve himself, as well as many of his peers, he was once close to being a full-blown hippie when he was younger and during the very early days of Apple's beginnings. He once said that taking LSD was one of the most important things he had ever done in his life, and he had also traveled to India briefly to partake in the hippie culture that had developed there, in search of spiritual enlightenment. Other ex-hippies stayed closer to their original roots, such as those that have had major success with medical marijuana dispensaries in and around California and other states with medical marijuana. There's also many who even went on to become lecturers and teachers, and a good number of them are some of the professors we are seeing today in some of the counntry's top colleges and universities.
May ex-hippies felt they had to "grow up" and become more like the rest of people around their age in society, because many became parents. Becoming a parent can be a life-changing event for many people, even hippies, but nevertheless, there's still many who still have that hippie culture in them. Many have even managed to pass their hippie ideals down to their children and grandchildren by taking them to concerts and decorating their homes like a commune. I personally grew up as a teenager in the 90's, but I had a friend who's parents were still hippies in their older ages. They had a room that was entirely dedicated to the Grateful Dead, as it had nothing but GD posters all over the walls, black lights, beads hanging in place of where a door normally would be, and all the hippie things you'd come to expect in a room like that. They had followed the Grateful Dead concerts across the country as teens and were still obsessed with them after all this time. But who could blame them? They dedicated a large portion of their life to that lifestyle so they probably enjoyed it and didn't ever want things to change.
The Hippie Trail
For the hardcore hippies that took their way of life as far as they could, many ended up in places like India and Thailand, as they followed what was once famously known as The Hippie Trail. Many visited countries in Asia and ended up staying there and becoming monks, swamis, or just party animals that are still dancing nude under the sun on some days like they did during the original Summer of Love. Goa, India is probably the most famous spot where most of them traveled to and decided to stay. There, they started a monthly party known as a Full Moon Party, and it's still celebrated there today, as well as in Thailand and a few other countries along the original trail.
Unfortunately, many hippies of the sixties had a hard time integrating back into modern or corporate society, and they remained on the streets. Many of the homeless people you see in the downtown section of your nearest city were most likely hippies at one point, and probably still hold on to that mentality today. Lots of them would rather live free of possessions and stress and live the way nature intended, while others have lingering addictions and drug problems that probably first started during their experimentation days of the 60's and 70'sss. Then, there's those that live in communes, tucked away from society and living as natural as they possibly can. These types may be considered poor or homeless by society's standards today, but to them, they're rich in spirit and freedom and they are already home.
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