ENTITY tells you what it means to be a free spirit.

She lives by her own rules. She goes to the beat of her own drum. She does as she pleases. Being a free spirit definitely takes on different meanings.

After years of seeing movies like “Thelma and Louise” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” it just left me wondering: what is the definition of a free spirit? Does it mean riding over a cliff with your friend or sleeping with a much younger gentleman?

Thankfully, Reddit exists to give us the answers. Here’s what we found on what it means to have a free spirit personality.

1. Free spirits are fearless.

“[They] never let fear or uncertainty stop him/her from doing something or being happy.”

2. It means not caring about anything and going after what you want.

Knowing what you want and going for it without abandon, totally unencumbered by fear. Or something like that.”

ENTITY tells you what it means to be a free spirit.

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3. I guess it means that your clothes should resemble that of the ’60s.

Dancing to the beat of their own drum, coloring outside the lines, having an untamable spirit, never compromising, and all those other cliches. I actually think of very boho-fashion, hippie, groovy people when I hear the term ‘free spirit.'”

4. You don’t need to conform.

To me, it’s someone who doesn’t adhere to social or cultural norms or expectations. Or more specifically, chooses which ones to adhere to, based on their own desires. It’s someone who doesn’t do something for the sole benefit of ‘this is how it’s supposed to be.'”

ENTITY tells you what it means to be a free spirit.

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5. A free spirit can pack her bags and set off to a new land.

Independence to the point of no attachment, plus adventurousness.”

6. Being a free spirit means you live guilt free.

I always considered one of my friends from college to be a free spirit. She basically just did what she pleased (within reason). She never seemed guilty for choosing to stay in instead of going out with friends, she’d do spontaneous things like drive a few states over on the weekends (when she had the money) just to surprise a friend with a visit.

“She threw caution to the wind and accepted a job after graduation in China. Now she’s living with her boyfriend in Canada, and she seems pretty happy. She just does things all the time that I would be terrified to do, because she’s always more focused on the rewards rather than the risks.

“That’s not to say she never plans for the risks, because she does, but she’s always willing to try new things and do new things and go new places and, in general, doesn’t let much of anything tie her down.”

7. Calling yourself a free spirit is not very free spirited of you.

I feel [like] labeling yourself as a ‘free spirit’ is still conforming to some sort of bullshit label. I just do what I want regardless of consequences. Don’t label anything, even though others might.”

8. If you are a free spirit you’re a risk taker.

Never letting fear or uncertainty stop him/her from doing something or being happy.”

9. You play by your own rules.

Someone who’s not bogged down by cultural expectations.”

No matter what the case though, you are still happy living the way you want to. And that’s something we can get behind.

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