Defined by Merriam-Webster as a “young person who rejects established social customs (such as by dressing in an unusual way or living in a commune) and who opposes violence and war.”

There’s another definition of a hippie though:

In the book A Guide for Adults with Hip Dysplasia, Dr. Sophie West and Denise Sutherland define a hippie as a “hip patient” who may have “very little support or recognition for how hard it is.” So this definition of a hippie can be thought of in the literal sense of being related to the hip, but it’s also not so different from the original definition of hippie. Hippies in this definition can feel misunderstood and frustrated, like the hippies in the 1970s, just for different reasons.


Doctor of Physical Therapy

What I will be in a little over 3 years. I will begin the DPT program at UNC Chapel Hill in August 2017. I am ready, and I hope my hips will be too!