The slogan Flower Power was coined by Allen Ginsberg in 1965. This iconic image of Jan Rose Kasmir, seen clutching a daisy in front of soldiers in 1967, was seen world-wide. The picture was taken not too far from where I was attending high school at the time.
I’ve lived through a lot. I remember when Kennedy was shot and when we landed on the moon. I watched DC burning from my bedroom window during civil rights riots. I remember students being shot to death protesting the Viet Nam war at Kent State. It was a volatile and transformative time. As a young person, I was deeply influenced by the 60’s sub-culture. I wore bell bottoms, had long hair and was swayed by another slogan, Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll. Women’s consciousness raising completely changed the way I viewed the world.
Things have changed since then but I’m still inspired by some of the trends that began way back when. I’m a pacifist, have concern for the environment, and interest in New Age thinking. I continue to love flowers, rainbows and tie-dye.
I’ve had a revelation about a revolution! I want to bring back Flower Power! I want peace and love in the world. Flowers vibrate at a very high energy rate. We need to raise our vibrational energies to create a better world. We need to Make Love, Not War, more so now than ever before. We live on a planet with limited resources. We need to cooperate with each other and live in harmony with the Earth. Love is powerful and transformational. Abbie Hoffman said, “The cry of ‘Flower Power’ echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom.” I think we need to let millions of flowers bloom!
I’m in what’s been kindly referred to as the “Third Age.” My children are grown and I’ve had a career in social work and counseling for 30 years. I feel vibrant and full of energy. The Third Age for women was identified by Margaret Mead as “Post-Menopausal Zest,” the stage of life for women that is all about freedom and wonderful new possibilities. I’m still young enough to live life to its fullest and want to contribute meaningfully to the world. I have the knowledge, experience and resources to do it too. This is only the beginning of something wonderful.