Since I was in elementary school, I always felt I belonged in a different decade in time. I became obsessed with every era but my own. I suppose it could’ve been the influence of my parents in my youth, listening to old rock ‘n’ roll bands from the 1950s onward, or perhaps the lyrics from songs of old Hawai’i, or maybe even watching shows like the Brady Bunch, the Monkees, and the Partridge Family that did me in. Maybe it was even listening to my parents talk about the things they missed about their younger years. No matter what it was, I couldn’t help but think I belonged there too.
In my recent years, I have directed my focus on being healthier and trying to spend more of my time doing things that I enjoyed; things that made life worth living. For me, that involved being outdoors and staying active not only to be fit, but because my heart enjoyed it. A life out in nature is a passion of mine – health and fitness just go along with it.
I noticed, after some time, that I was just drawn to a certain lifestyle; one that required nothing but my spirit and the sun; a life outdoors and away from it all. It was a life that I wanted to live forever.
I think other people could sense that. Friends, family members, and people I barely knew would tell me I was such a “hippie.” I would just look at them and laugh because I didn’t think of myself that way at all! I thought I was just being myself.
After a while, after hearing it so often, I took a step back and really examined myself – was I a hippie? Is that what being a hippie is to people – eating healthy, living actively, and enjoying the great outdoors? I went as far as looking up the definition and this is what I found:
a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc.
ho·ly adjective, ho·li·er, ho·li·est.
- specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
- dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man.
- saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
- having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
- entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
Then it occurred to me- Why can’t I be both? The Spirit says I can.
For this cause, I can proudly call myself The Holy Hippie. It is who I am and who I aspire to be daily. After all, I am a free spirit.