Unapologetic Hippie

Stephen Bruno while photographing wildlife and nature.

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. 
Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken

Recently I visited the local medical office which included a nurse drawing blood for routine tests.

During the procedure, she noticed my shoulder-length hair, beard, and loose-fitting clothes.

She asked with a measure of innocence and curiosity, “Are you a Hippie?”

I smiled and responded, “Yes, I’m an unapologetic Hippie.”

I still favor long hair and casual, often unconventional, dress including tie-dyed shirts with peace signs. I continue to wear a beard and long ago gave up my Birkenstocks sandals. I gave them to a woman to share how it felt to ‘be in my shoes.’ I adopted a strict vegan diet based on unprocessed foods, supported animal rights. and I practiced holistic medicine all of which I am recently revisiting.

I would have attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival near Bethel, New York, from August 15 to 18, 1969, which drew between 400,000 and 500,000 people if I was not already serving my 14-month tour of duty in the U. S. Army in Vietnam.

Some hippies “sold out” and became part of the materialist, culture. I’ve done my best not to sell out. I still embrace the Hippie values of peace, love, compassion,  idealism, and Zen philosophy. I believe in trade or barter and sliding scale fees.

Like Frank Zappa, I avoided drugs and preferred the “natural high,” through photography, writing, listening to music, dancing, camping, and other natural activities.

I am old enough to have earned every wrinkle in my face, puffy eyes, scar on my body, all the silver in my receding hair, and nose marks from my eyeglass frames.

And yes, I remain an unapologetic Hippie.

 

5 comments on “Unapologetic Hippie

  1. I am so happy to be here reading your wonderful blogs on Word Press Stephen. Then i can be with you again. I miss you all of the time. This is a great story, thanks for sharing with all of us. I am with you 100% always, as you already know!

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  2. chefjanalee says:

    I am so happy to have read this wonderful blog. What you stand for is my ideal belief. Thank you for blogging and staying close to all of us. We certainly miss you. Great share!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. aeolosgia (Giacinta) says:

    All very cool. So happy for you! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Shana Dean says:

    I love this post. Thank you for sharing your hippie heart and your hippie essence. I love the photo of you! Your natural compassionate ways certainly uplift those around you. I am unapologetically grateful for you!💜

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  5. aeolosgia (Giacinta) says:

    I wish you every hippieness allways!!! ☺️

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