Free spirits are often seen as troublemakers or rebels because they don’t obey the rules or follow the traditional path. But the problem isn’t that a free spirit is trying to cause trouble. They’re living from their heart and staying true to themselves. If more of us were free spirits, the world would be a much happier and healthier place.
Do you consider yourself to be a free spirit? If so, what does that mean to you? For some people, it may mean being carefree and spontaneous. For others, it may mean having a strong sense of independence and being unafraid to stand up for their beliefs. And for others, it may simply mean living life according to their own rules and not letting anyone else tell them what they can and cannot do.
What is a free spirit?
To truly understand the free spirit, we must first understand the meaning of freedom. Freedom is not about doing whatever you want, whenever you want. It is about being authentic and living with integrity.
Trying to fit in or conform to what other people expect of you can be tempting when you’re alone in the world. But that’s not what being a free spirit is all about. It’s about being true to yourself, even when it means going against the grain, no matter how far off the beaten trail it may lead. When you stay true to yourself, you’ll be much happier and more successful in the long run.
Free-spirited people have mastered the following traits –
21 Characteristics of Free Spirits:
1. A free spirit knows before they speak
Emotions do not run free spirits; they know how to assess a situation before giving input. They rely on inner knowing rather than conventional wisdom.
2. They speak for what is right; not for what is popular
Standing up for what is right isn’t always easy, especially when faced with peers and elders who think differently. It takes confidence and courage to stand firm in the face of scrutiny.
3. They over-indulge in conversations with depth
A free spirit isn’t captivated by mainstream hype, the next girl or guy or the latest buzz in the media. They yearn for deep and meaningful conversations. They want to explore your mind, your heart, and your soul.
4. They don’t pay attention to gossip or drama
It is said that gossip stops upon meeting discerning ears, and gossip always stops with free-spirited people. They don’t take kindly to those who speak harshly of others behind their backs and make a non-judgmental note of the “witch that warned them” Quite often, you will find the words turned back on you when attempting to spread gossip to a free spirit.
5. They are comfortable being alone
Free spirits are comfortable alone because they are in a position of love and acceptance of themselves; otherwise, being alone would turn into being lonely, which never does.
6. They value life as an experience rather than a collection of goods.
Free spirits value every moment and experience and understand that the best things in life can’t be bought or sold. Life to them is about living, caring, loving, and giving, not having, taking, asking, and expecting.
7. They may appear as introverts but are very outgoing
Free Spirited people highly regard time alone in nature to recharge and rewire. Too much time in social circles will become draining on them. They are often mistaken for recluses but can be very outgoing and friendly when exposed to social gatherings.
8. They genuinely wish for the success of others
Free spirits do not secretly wish for others to fail or become jealous of the achievements of those around them. They genuinely like to see people happy and healthy, living and loving their lives.
9. They trust their gut and listen to their instincts
A free spirit knows how to listen to themselves and can appreciate the moments they didn’t work as another opportunity to trust themselves more.
10. They follow their heart
A free spirit is a soul-searcher, and free spirits follow their hearts no matter how far, how crazy, and how much it may hurt.
They understand that their hearts are their best teachers and respect their wise wishes. A free spirit profoundly understands that the heart is the map to reaching what binds and restricts the soul and that it may take shattering it to pieces, to let the light shine in.
11. They stand out from the crowd
A free spirit does not search for popularity from the outside world; they stand out for their uniqueness. No asking, no expecting. Living veracious to yourself makes you eccentric, eclectic, and exuberant. It just happens!
12. They love themselves first
A free spirit knows there is no way to be a beacon of light or an inspiration to others unless they can lead by example. Therefore, to love and accept each other no matter what, we must first love and accept ourselves. It is the only way.
13. They do things their way
A free spirit doesn’t care how it is supposed to be done; the joy of living is learning and learning in their own unique new ways.
14. They see the value in life
A free spirit knows that all life has value, none more than another, from the tiniest insect to the largest mammal, we are here on this earth together, and all life has meaning.
15. They see what’s under the surface
A free spirit doesn’t focus on what’s on the exterior and prefers to see what’s hidden underneath. They often don’t take words at face value and can hear the emotions behind the words being spoken. This is what they listen to.
16. They don’t take it personally
Free-spirited people know that when someone is rude, critical, or downright hurtful, it has more to do about the other person than it does about them. They always empathize with others and show a sense of understanding, no matter the words spoken.
17. They are decisive, calm, and collected.
Free spirits always have a plan, a goal, and an aspiration, even if it’s just going with the flow.
18. Free Spirits make their own path
Free-spirited people want to do what has never been done, see what has never been seen, and reach where no one would have ever thought possible. Sometimes, they secretly enjoy proving to you that it CAN be done.
19. They are never fake
A free spirit will never tell you what you want to hear just because you want to hear it. Free spirits will empathize with you and give you the ugly truth when you are ready for it.
20. They are always grateful
A free spirit understands that the key to abundance is in a state of acceptance. The more than anyone expects things, the less can be accepted.
21. A free spirit sees the world from a higher perspective
When you live authentic to yourself with love, hope, strength, courage, and commitment, you cannot help but view the world from a more discerning perspective. You have built your mountain solid and firm, and you can’t wait to help everyone else rise to the top.
How To Thrive As a Free Spirit
Do you feel like you were born to defy the status quo? Do you love to be your own boss and chart your course in life? If so, then you are a free spirit! And you’re in good company. Many of the world’s most successful people have achieved great things by following their intuition and living on their own terms.
So if you want to thrive as a free spirit, always remember these three keys:
Trust your intuition, stay true to yourself, and embrace change. And, as always, let your free spirit shine!
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This article 21 Signs Of A True Free Spirit was originally published on October 1, 2015, at isoulscience.com and updated on July 20, 2022. This article was republished to thespiritscience.net in 2015 as 21 Signs You’re an Authentic Person.