What is a Free Spirit?

What is a Free Spirit?

What is a Free Spirit?

For most people, a free spirit is the epitome of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand’s role in the motion picture (2004) Meet the Fockers. Ben Stiller’s eccentric, hippie-going, ganja smoking, vegan parents are stereotyped as the free-spirited.

Often, the term free spirit is accompanied by derogatory or condescending undertones as a society in general views a free spirit as one who does not follow social norms or expectations in what is characterized as generally acceptable codes of conduct or rules of social behavior. 

Furthermore, a free spirit has been characterized as someone who does not seek to be accepted by the public, society, or any kind of social group and is not looking to fit in but rather fit out. A free spirit does not seek the approval of others and is widely labeled as an outcast.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines a free spirit as “a person who does what they want with enjoyment and pleasure and does not feel limited by the usual rules of social behaviour

This is the understanding of a free spirit that society has conjured to explain the behaviour of those who genuinely find enjoyment in all things they do, else they wouldn’t do them. 

Let’s set the record straight. 

A free spirit doesn’t need to have an unconventional lifestyle, a vegan diet, or a daily yoga or meditative routine. If you do, that’s great all the power to ya. 

A free spirit isn’t always reefer smoking, orgy going outcast, and when we label the free spirits as fitting into a certain mold, that’s when we allow ourselves to be herded, sorted and grouped.

It’s time to drop the labels and remove the stereotypes because a free spirit doesn’t fit under any label. A free spirit is you and me. A free spirit is just that, free. Free to be who they want to be, do what they want to do and if you must define a free spirit, start with the “ a person who does what they want with enjoyment and pleasure”. And stop there. 

The term free spirit should always be accompanied by the undertones of love and compassion. A free spirit should always follow the compass of their heart. A free spirit should always think of others in everything they do. A free spirit already knows this. 

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