This picture came to me via Pinterest. A free spirit. I’ve always considered myself to be a type of free spirit. I live my life my way, or at least to the best of my ability. But I read this definition:
Free Spirit: 1. A person with a highly individual or unique attitude, lifestyle, or imagination: nonconformist 2. A person who lives according to his or her own wishes and beliefs, unconstrained by society’s conventions.
It made me think. It made me process the way I live my life. I love being free. Doing my own thing, living on the wild side, ya know like every 20-something-year-old should be doing. I live my life to have fun and do my own thing. Smiling every chance I get and I’d say my imagination is plenty to handle. The things this brain comes up with always surprises me. So I’d say my imagination can be identified as a free spirit. But other days I completely conform, and I know I do. I often do what the group is doing, simply because I am too lazy to put up a fight. I’ve never been so bold and vocal about my beliefs in my life. But I recognize there is a time and a place. For instance, never talk to my grandparents about people who are gay or racial discrimination or any other social issue for that matter. For these reasons I often find myself conforming to my family whenever I am around. Not vocally, but I’m not going to fight with people who have believed the same thing for over 70 years. Not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just not the type of free spirit that comes to mind. In other areas I’d get an A+ on my amount of freedom and amount of spirit I bring to the table. The whole idea is something that invaded my brain on my ridiculous drives to Muncie and back.
The truth is, I have always found pride in the fact that I consider myself a free spirit. Maybe not to the definition of what is identified as a free spirit here. After reflecting on that definition I have decided screw that definition (very free spirit-y of me).
I say anyone who is unafraid to be themselves. Anyone who can laugh at themselves, fall and pick themselves up again, follows the beat of their own drum, or anyone who just lives for pure happiness is a free spirit in my book. Conforming to this definition of ‘free spirit’ would defeat the whole notion.
Are you a free spirit?