Happy 50th Birthday, Mustang!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Mustang!

2014 is a pivotal year for our generation. Those born in 1964–at the tail end of the Baby Boom–turn 50!  Something equally significant happened halfway through 1964 – the Ford Motor Company introduced the incomparable MUSTANG! Today we celebrate its 50th birthday.

Eight years and 60,000 miles ago, we bought a used 2002 red Mustang convertible. It is our dream car, escape vehicle and primary mode of transportation. In the winter it is just a car, but in the summer it is a sensation.

Shortly after we bought it, we were interviewed for a broadcast by the late Rich Buhler, a Southern California radio talk host. We talked about our ministry, midlife, and Boomer potential. But Rich was more intrigued with our owning and driving a red Mustang. He kept saying, “I really like you people!”

As the interview went on, Rich picked up on the fact that we (Bergstroms) don’t see this midlife journey with dread and despair. In fact, our commitment to continually re-igniting our own passion for life and ministry is pre-eminent. In affirming that life attitude, Rich simply responded, “I guess you just need to put a little Red Mustang into everything you do!”

Yeah. That about says it all.

Happy Birthday, dear little Mustang. We hope you still have a lot of miles left in you….

by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite

By |2017-05-08T07:32:07+00:00April 17th, 2014|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|4 Comments

About the Author:

Leona Bergstrom is a writer, speaker and consultant. She currently directs the ministry of Re-Ignite, a division of ChurchHealth. Passionate about inspiring her Boomer peers, Leona has written and developed Re-Ignite curriculum, co-authored Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, manages a weekly blog, and contributes articles to magazines and newsletters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard.


  1. bill palmer April 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I really like you people too! Does this mean that those of us committed to applying your insights on living a re-ignited life need to buy a Mustang convertible?

  2. Kathryn Johnson April 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We don’t have the red convertible, but we have the yellow ’66. Interesting that you “celebrated” the Mustang’s birthday on my Mustang-owning husband’s actual birthday! Unfortunately, ours is sort of an old beater, and “put a little old yellow Mustang in everything you do” send the opposite message, I fear.

    • Leona Bergstrom April 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hey, both your husband and the Mustang have tons of class. No matter how many miles are on them….

    • leona June 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Any Mustang will do. You have the MUSTANG SPIRIT!

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