Thursday, August 20, 2009

happy thursday

nothing makes me happier than a free spirit.

they are not easy to find in my little 'burg. most days I find myself surrounded by those who dutifully followed the path that was set out for them without consultation or consideration to their dreams and desires. they grew up in their peaceful suburbs in an intact family unit, acquired a post-graduate degree and that weird thurston-howell-the-third accent from UVA, secured a financially rewarding career path, married and produced four children. not so bad, but underneath all that success, I always sense a disappointment, a longing, a "really? this is it?" feeling. occassionally there is evidence that those feelings are listened to and acted on by these individuals but most times they are ignored and replaced by indignant righteousness in a futile act of self-preservation. this saddens me and I try very hard to to be compassionate.

I am always telling my friend that just because you live in a small town doesn't mean you have to live a small life. we are working on having big expansive colorful unique lives. it's harder to do here but so far, it seems to be working. and little by little, we are seeing signs that we are not alone. here and there are glimpses of souls who walk the roads less travelled that intersect with our own.

that's the thing about free and kindred spirits: they are everywhere.

17 comments:

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

yes, it is harder to do in a small town, that free-spirit thing, but it can be done. And maybe, just maybe it is a certain, special type of freedom that can be achieved no where else. I wonder if the ability to be truly free within one's self, while in the midst of seeming constraint, is the ultimate test and the sweetest goal.

Xin Lei said...

I wish I could give you a hug and just say, "thank you". You are definitely a free spirit and your words always remind me to be the same. I've found that some of my deepest and most meaninful relationships are with those who don't share my same beliefs or goals. It's the common dream of "being more than average" that binds our souls together.

Jama said...

I'm in a small town, as well. It can be done and there's something to be said for those that do it. I admire those of us who step outside the box and do what we want. There's a freedom to following the voice inside.

Kamana said...

the road less travelled is scarier, but also more exciting. i try to choose that road, where possible.

Meri said...

One of the great things about the blogging world is that it enlarges your community, takes you outside the parameters of your small town or neighborhood, and plunks you down in the midst of kindred spirits all over the world. Doesn't that just amaze you? It does me. (My word verification word is GALLY, but it should be GOLLY!)

Tabmade said...

This definitely makes me happy also. I live in a beyond-small town and the majority of the people here live the small mediocre life without even realizing there is any other option. I can't wait to get out of said town, haha.

Anairam said...

Free and kindred spirits, unite!! We will take over the world, and make it a HAPPIER place!

joyce said...

I kind of find the free-spirit easier in a small town, because nobody really cares what you do.
Free spirits are kindred spirits...wonderful thought!

Auroras_Garden said...

How I love meeting up with free spirits. We are out there, just waiting to meet up with one another. You can tell who we are by the strange attire and weird hairstyles and an affinity for handmade (smiles)

kendalee said...

I could not agree more, with every single word. I live in a big city with a small-town-and-not-in-a-good-way mentality so even here it's hard sometimes. I can sometimes so understand the appeal of a commune of kindred spirits, or a hermitage. May I say, that what I can see from all the way over here suggests that you're not only very successfully living a unique, beautiful and free-spirited life, but in doing so and sharing it with us, you inspire others to do the same? You do. And I'm so thrilled that while we were each dancing down our less travelled roads, our paths crossed!

My Mane in the Wind said...

Aaah, creative types....yes, we don't live our lives small, do we? I think back on my life, growing up in a small, satellite suburb of a southern town and praise god that I was able to get out of there and end up in California, where I breathe a little deeper, follow my path, and create lovely messes with no apologies needed.

Sarah said...

A free spirit makes me happy. Your post got me to reflect. Our lives have so many possibilities. Let us always keep that in mind!

Katie (Katie's Basement) said...

By far my favorite post so far! You are completely right.. I'm so glad I found your blog because in doing so I found another free spirit!
peace and love,
Katie

Lady P said...

oh boy - yes, those sad underneath it all souls are the first to hammer down the nail that sticks out too far and makes them need to examine their own lives, get introspective
i am my family's different one
i am currently jobless and have been for awhile, and making everyone
well, nervous
looking for my passion
looking for the soulful employment
looking for the best life to live
keep rockin your boat, sister!
and that photo is so very very good

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Thank goodness for free spirits, and for for the blogosphere where we can all meet each other and be as free and zany as we wish!!
YAY!!!!!

Relyn said...

I think that's what I love most about blogging: the ease in finding kindred spirits.

hellosweetworld said...

I'm just now starting to see that it can be done in a small town. Thanks for the inspiration and great words. I need to come back and read this post every time i feel like my small town is not big enough.