• Devan

Are You a Radical Hippie?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

My friends often refer to me as a hippie. It’s something I embrace and don’t shy away from at all.  I’m all about the peace, love, and happiness after all.  

Recently however, when I told someone my plans to travel full-time, they reacted in a way that rather surprised me.  They accused me of being a ‘radical anti-society hippie extremist’.

I laughed at first, thinking they were joking, sadly they were not.  How rude!

I completely get how it may look that way to people who are not of the same mindset.  It is a radical idea to take off and just travel full-time.  To live in a van or RV (instead of a house or apartment) seems extreme to many people.  And yes, I am guilty of saying I don’t want to live by ‘normal’ societal standards.  

If wanting to live on my own terms, without a lot of stuff and with no desire for lots of money or status makes me anti-society, then I guess I am.  I’m not trying to be, I just want to live my life in a way that brings me the most happiness and joy.  Does there need to be a negative sounding label attached? ☺

I maintain that being open-minded, adventurous, and desiring a simple uncluttered life of freedom, are not radical notions at all.  It’s just a new way of thinking.  There are a lot of people who want this kind of life but just can’t figure out how they can do it.  “That sounds incredible/fantastic.” or “I am so jealous.” are the first responses from 90% of people I share my plans with.  Their next response is almost always “Take me with you.”

I will never apologize for knowing in my heart and soul I am a wanderer, a nomad, a free spirit, and a seeker of new experiences.  When I look back on my life, even during the times I lived in excess, I always yearned for the simplicity that I am finding and embracing now.  

I spent too much of my life trying to fall in line with what was expected of me instead of trying to fulfill my own needs and desires.  Now I know better.

San Francisco

The past 10 years have been a time of change and personal growth for me.  Growth that was needed to bring me to the decisions I have made for my future this year.  It has helped me become more me and less of the person I thought I was supposed to be.  I feel truly authentic and I like me much better.  

So if I’m a hippie I’m OK with that assessment.  I certainly have the right birth credentials.  I was born in San Francisco, California in early November 1967, just after the Summer of Love.  Guess all that love rubbed off on me.  

In the end, when all is said and done, the unfortunate truth remains that there are going to be people who don’t like or approve of what you do, no matter what it is.  The good news is you don’t ever have to listen to them, and I strongly suggest you don’t.  I’m certainly not!

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