The Free Spirit Personality
There is a quote from the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman: “Some birds are not meant to be caged; their colors are just too bright.” Freeman was referring to Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), a man who was wrongfully accused, convicted and imprisoned for murdering his wife and her illegitimate lover.
The point of what Freeman was expressing was this: Dufresne was a free-spirited individual who was never meant to live in a prison environment. Despite making many friends while imprisoned and inspiring those around him, it was Dufresne’s sole occupation to free himself and escape the hell of maximum security confinement.
The free-spirited individual knows that prison is not merely jail. The dictionary says it best: prison can be defined as “any place of confinement or involuntary restraint.” For the soldier, this can be Basic Training or deployment. For the mother, it can be the house full of children. For the girlfriend, it can be a relationship. It can be any place that one does not feel free to leave, including a career or social position.
Free spirits often long to spread their wings and fly. Those who do not possess these flapping wings should note that free spirits do not always need to be finding a new place to settle. Often, they simply need to feel free to do as they please.
Left unchecked, free spirit behavior can be destructive to the individual and others around them. Free spirits have a responsibility to inform those they choose to become intimate with as to their true nature. It is difficult for a person who does not feel the need to keep flapping to understand those who do, so it is important that the free spirit explains this tendency at the outset.
Should free spirits get married, have children, or attempt to maintain committed relationships? Not necessarily. Each person is responsible for knowing them self before entering a committed relationship. Although the more radical free spirit behavior typically settles down before age 30, free spirits should attempt to be aware of what sort of relationship they are capable of undertaking.
There is a lot of joy involved in loving a free spirit! These types of individuals can produce insight and inspiration that would otherwise remain unknown. The spirit, heart, and pride with which free spirits tackle daily problems can produce moments that takes your breath away. If you can win the heart of a free spirit, then treasure her or him for every moment that you can.