My Sixties Life Story
I am Alice. I see life through my eyes, just as other see through theirs, but the significance here is, I do not see the world as they do. I do not see it as a place to hide from the criticisms of others, I do not see it as a world where you live to please; you have to please, but unlike others, I aim to please myself.
I have always lived my life this way, and I have never lived a day where I wasn’t happy. I grew up in the suburbs, with my grandma. When my mother got pregnant, my father left us, leaving my mother in devastation. She fell into depression. My grandma took care of her, and slowly brought her out of her depression, but life didn’t grant them much time together. My mother died during childbirth, leaving me in the care of my grandmother. She was old, but she was strong. She took care of me as best as she could, and educated me.
She always spoke to me about her life; how it was like in the past. She loved the sixties the most, and would always tell me stories about that time. The stories ranged from the people she had encountered in her life, to the presidents at the time, to the things that were invented during that period of time. She loved to talk about the clothing at that time, and how fashionable they were.
Her stories really intrigued me, and I felt the growing desire to live life the way my grandma did in the sixties. She had enjoyed her life more than a person in this era ever could, and I intended to replicate her life in mine. I made the choice, at an early age, and it was my ultimate decision.
She and I enjoyed listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Paul Revere throughout my childhood; and now, so many years after she had passed, I still enjoy their music. I dressed, and had my hair cut in the fashion of the people who lived in that time, and enjoyed myself, making my life more and more like the ones people had in the 1960s.
I walked into a retail shop the other day, holding my eight track tape set, singing along to the Beatles as I shopped. The music was fairly at the volume where a few people around me could hear it. I didn’t care about the other people hearing my music because I was enjoying it, and I wanted the others to enjoy it as well. I grabbed a few hot dogs, and then continued to fill my cart, when I heard a small whisper behind me. I turned to see a small child, pointing at me, “Mama,” she asked her mother, “What is that? She is weird.”
The young child seemed to be incapable of comprehending that people were different, and that not all people lived like her family. The society if today is so caught up in the technology and the world, that they are restricting their selves and the future generation.
As a result of the ignorance of the people, and because they shun the past decades as if it were wrong, or as if it is a disease, the people of tomorrow may not be able to enjoy their life. I decided to be the change for them.
I started speaking in public, I created a channel, on YouTube, to spread the awareness of this issue at hand. I didn’t know if anyone would watch it, but I made an effort to make it happen. I spoke to the people, and my voice was heard. Whenever people saw me on the street, I was judged; people stared at me, pointed at me, and gave me weird looks. I always held my head up and strutted past the onlooker, without a care in the world, but, then, I saw others who couldn’t make confident steps to their desires.
I have had friends who actually love my style, and have attempted to adopt it, but when people started pointing and started calling them egg heads, or whatever name that came to their head, they hid, and then went on to live life in the fashion that the society had built for them.
I wanted to make people see that it was okay to live their ultimate life dream, just as they imagined it. People say “it is 2016! Not the sixties!” and I say, “Yes, that’s what the calendar says, but there is no law saying I have to dress to the calendar! I can dress, eat and style my hair to the time I like.” I have said this to people’s face, and made them rethink how their whole life has been lived. I hope you can see life your way, and change it to suit your desires, as the time comes.