People who are free spirits often display these 7 behaviors (without realizing it)

Every person has a unique rhythm to life, but some of us dance to a beat that’s noticeably different.

You might catch glimpses of your soul’s boundless nature in your daily life, or feel a constant pull towards freedom and independence.

How do you know if you’re a true free spirit, or just someone who occasionally loves to go against the grain?

After observing the behaviors of myself and those I consider free spirits, I’ve compiled a list of 7 behaviors that often surface in people who embody this essence. If these resonate, it might be time to embrace your inner free spirit… whether you realize it or not.

1) Embracing unpredictability

We all love a little spontaneity in life, but for free spirits, unpredictability is not just welcome, it’s the norm.

They could be planning a quiet night at home and suddenly decide to go on a midnight road trip. Or they might be in the middle of a stable job and decide to quit to pursue their passion.

This isn’t to say they’re reckless or irresponsible, rather, they simply don’t allow life’s norms to restrict their choices. They’re comfortable with change and embrace the excitement that comes with the unknown.

If you often find yourself breaking away from routine and seeking new experiences, you just might be a free spirit at heart.

Speaking of unpredictability, it’s like a canvas for free spirits, isn’t it? It’s on this canvas that they often paint their love for chaos.

2) Thriving in chaos

While most people crave order and predictability, free spirits often find beauty in chaos. It’s not so much about the disorder itself, but more about the freedom to create something new from it.

They see chaotic situations as opportunities for exploration and innovation. They’re not afraid to dive into the mess, roll up their sleeves, and create their own sense of order.

So, if you find yourself thriving amidst chaos, finding solutions where others see problems, and enjoying the challenge of crafting something new from the disarray, you’re probably channeling your inner free spirit.

For a free spirit, chaos isn’t a problem; it’s an adventure. And who doesn’t need a bit of solitude after an adventure?

3) Craving solitude

This might seem counterintuitive, considering free spirits are often associated with being social butterflies. However, those who truly embody the free spirit essence understand the value of solitude.

It’s not that they don’t enjoy the company of others, quite the contrary. But they also crave time alone to recharge, reflect, and connect with their inner selves. They see solitude not as a state of loneliness, but as a chance for self-discovery and growth.

If you often find peace in solitude and use this time to foster your individuality and freedom, you’re likely showing a classic sign of a free spirit.

Solitude, you know, it’s like stepping back to appreciate your own artwork. But it’s not just about being alone; it’s about being authentic, being real with yourself.

4) Chasing authenticity

Free spirits have a deep desire for authenticity. They’re not interested in superficial interactions or relationships. They seek depth, genuine connections, and raw experiences.

They’re comfortable showing their true selves, complete with their flaws and strengths. They don’t feel the need to put on a facade or fit into societal norms. They embrace their quirks, their passions, and their truths.

If you find yourself drawn to authenticity, craving real conversations over small talk, and unafraid to show your true colors, you’re likely living the life of a free spirit.

That authenticity they chase, it’s about being true to themselves, right? And part of that truth is not caring about judgment. It’s like wearing your heart on your sleeve and not worrying about the stains.

5) Unfazed by judgment

Living life on your own terms can often attract criticism and judgment from others who don’t understand your approach. But for free spirits, this is just part of the journey.

They understand that everyone has a right to their opinion, but they don’t allow those opinions to sway their decisions or dampen their spirit. They’re comfortable in their skin and unapologetic about their choices.

If you find yourself undeterred by what others think of you, embracing your authentic self and your unique path, you’re likely channeling your inner free spirit.

And when you stop worrying about those opinions, you start realizing what really matters. It’s not about what you have, but what you experience, what you feel.

6) Valuing experiences over possessions

In a world where success is often measured by material wealth, free spirits tend to march to a different drum. They value experiences over possessions, believing that life’s true richness comes from what you’ve seen, learned, and felt, rather than what you own.

They’re more likely to spend their money on travel, concerts, or a unique experience rather than on luxury items. They find joy in creating memories that will last a lifetime.

If you find yourself prioritizing experiences over things, cherishing memories more than material possessions, you’re likely living the life of a true free spirit.

These experiences, they’re like stories, aren’t they? Stories that often find their best chapters under the open sky, in nature’s embrace.

7) Attracted to nature

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There’s something about the great outdoors that speaks to the heart of a free spirit. Perhaps it’s the limitless skies, the wild winds, or the rhythmic flow of the ocean waves.

Nature, in all its untamed glory, mirrors the essence of a free spirit. It’s no wonder many cultures around the world associate free spirits with elements of nature.

It’s interesting to note that spending time in nature has been linked to increased happiness and reduced stress. So, if you find yourself drawn to the natural world, finding peace and rejuvenation in its embrace, you’re likely expressing your free-spirited nature.

Nature, with all its wild and free beauty, is where the journey of a free spirit often finds its deepest connection, don’t you think? It’s like coming full circle, back to where it all begins.

Embracing the free spirit within

Being a free spirit is not merely about displaying certain behaviors. It’s a deeply ingrained attitude that guides how you perceive the world and interact with it. It’s about cherishing freedom and independence, not just for oneself, but for others as well.

Free spirits understand that each person has their unique journey to undertake. They respect individuality and celebrate diversity. They don’t try to fit people into boxes or judge them based on societal norms. They appreciate the beauty of the human spirit in all its varied forms.

But, being a free spirit is not always easy. It often goes against societal expectations and norms, inviting criticism and judgment. However, free spirits understand that freedom comes with its own set of challenges. They are willing to brave the storms for the sake of living life on their own terms.

It’s important to remember that being a free spirit doesn’t mean living life without any regard for others. Free spirits value connections and relationships deeply. They are often empathetic and compassionate, understanding that freedom is not about being isolated but about being authentic in one’s relations.

Also, being a free spirit doesn’t mean shunning responsibilities or commitments. It means choosing to take up responsibilities that resonate with your spirit, and committing to them wholeheartedly.

At its core, being a free spirit is about embracing who you truly are, without letting societal expectations or fear of judgment hinder your journey. It’s about listening to your inner voice and allowing it to guide your path.

So, if you’re recognizing these behaviors within yourself or feeling a resonance with these ideas, it might be time to embrace your inner free spirit. It’s not about changing who you are, but about acknowledging the beautiful, boundless essence of your spirit.

Remember, being a free spirit is not a destination; it’s a journey—a beautiful, exciting, and enriching journey of self-discovery and growth. So, embark on this journey with an open heart and let the world marvel at the beauty of your free spirit.

The journey of self-discovery

As we journey through the various stages of our lives, the essence of our true nature often gets obscured by various external influences, societal norms, and expectations. We may find ourselves conforming to these influences and losing touch with our inner selves in the process.

But if there’s one thing that my exploration of free-spiritedness has taught me, it’s the importance of embarking on a journey of self-discovery and embracing our true nature.

Being a free spirit is not just about exhibiting certain behaviors; it’s about understanding who you truly are at your core—your passions, your values, your quirks—and embracing all these aspects wholeheartedly. It’s about acknowledging and celebrating your unique rhythm in this grand symphony of life.

If you’ve recognized some of these behaviors within yourself or felt a resonance with these ideas, it might be time to embark on this journey of self-discovery.

It’s not a journey that you can embark on overnight. It requires patience, introspection, and courage. It requires you to challenge long-held beliefs and norms, to question what you’ve been told, and to seek your own truth.

But remember, this journey is not a race or a competition; it’s a personal quest for authenticity and freedom. There will be challenges along the way, but these will only make your spirit stronger and your journey more enriching.

So, as we explore the idea of free-spiritedness together, let us not just focus on the behaviors but delve deeper into understanding our true selves. Let us embrace our unique rhythm, dance to our own beat, and celebrate the beautiful free spirit within each one of us.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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