Bohemian defines someone as unconventional. We tend to think of that as an artist like Andy Warhol or an opera singer living in a lavishly draped living room with layers and layers of fabric. In many ways, most of us have a bohemian side to us. We would love to wear something flowing, in our favorite color and print. We’d love to wear some beautiful jewelry that might seem a bit outlandish in public. Maybe we’d like to put on a pair of slippers and read a great book on our water bed.
We make a social contract and most of us live within the confines of that contract. It makes life easier. It bestows upon us acceptance and certain privileges. Being normal and in line allows us a bit of safety and assurance. But it also tends to keep the idiosyncratic parts of us concealed, stifled. Those parts of us tend to be the fun, the exotic, the expressive, the creative parts of us.
Allowing the bohemian parts of us to come out and express authentically can be freeing. It might feel scary at first, but wearing the toe ring or the wild scarf or putting up the crazy curtains in the wild pattern we adore let a certain freedom and enthusiasm lose. The world is a better place when it is filled with creativity, unique ideas, and fun expression. There’s an expansion we can viscerally feel. It feels good to let go and express that bohemian side of us, even if it’s just a little.
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