“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” — Betty Friedan

The cars of our youth seemed strong and fast.Yes, we loved the sleek, muscular lines and bought pony cars like the Mustang, Camaro, and Firebird in droves. Our heroes raced Corvettes, TransAms, and AMXs. Muscle cars dominated Boomers’ high school and college parking lots.  But even then there was a whisper of change in the wind. A sprinkling of the foreign. Small and light sports cars and even economy cars. New names like MG, VW, then Toyota, Datsun, and Honda. Youthful power wasn’t everything.

Mustang, Camaro, and Firebird

Dependability and reliability emerged as important virtues. Even efficiency. Family and work challenged. We delivered.

Yes, we may not be as sleek and fast as our lost Firebirds. But the fire still burns. We have different strengths. Experience, endurance, and even wisdom shine through. We didn’t lose our youth but chose maturity and responsibility.

We can still admire youthful Firebirds. But it’s the fire within that prepares us for the future. Baby Boomer’s Third Age still offers the opportunity to change the world. It requires all our strength and wisdom.

Enjoy the drive.