Adopting the Bohemian Lifestyle
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The Bohemian lifestyle is all about living freely and without a care of the world. The modern meaning of such a life is to live simply and without the stress associated with having material attachments. Thankfully, the Bohemian lifestyle happens to be one of those lifestyles that can be adopted by anyone irrespective of their age, background or ethnicity. As long as you are ready to make the necessary changes and sacrifices, then you qualify with flying colors.
In as much as the Bohemian lifestyle is more of a state of mind, the Bohemian style has found its way into the most peoples’ wardrobes. There are specific fashion influences whose origins are strongly linked to the Bohemian people and their colorful culture. In summary, it takes a lot of learning as well as unlearning before anyone can comfortably adopt the Bohemian lifestyle. Thankfully, all the hard work is usually worth it when all is said and done.
The Bohemian lifestyle can be learned and adapted with ease since there is a lot of valuable information about the lifestyle online. The most important thing is learning one thing at a time since, as the assertion says, patience always pays. Your first lesson will be letting go of hatred and learning to love everyone and everything - hence the learning and unlearning process mentioned a while ago.
This is a significant step because the only way to send positive vibes into the world is through love, which the Bohemian way. Bohemians believe that when they send positive vibes to the world, the positive vibes will always find their way back to them. You’ll also have to liberate yourself from worldly pleasures such as drugs, meaningless sex, and alcohol. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the Bohemian lifestyle:
1. The Bohemian Lifestyle 101 - Reconnecting with Nature
Apart from learning the Bohemian ways online and finding fitting Bohemian clothing, you’ll be required to learn a thing or two about reconnecting with mother nature. We all came from the earth and to earth, we shall return after death. Therefore, making ample time to reconnect and appreciate nature is an essential part of the Bohemian lifestyle.
If you haven’t done this before, you can start by taking a simple nature walk on the park or the beach. As you get better at this, you can take things a notch higher and start climbing mountains, if you can. There is no perfect way of connecting with nature as different people respond differently.
All you need to do is spending some time with nature, and you’ll automatically reconnect to it. Just remember that for this reconnection to come full circle, you’ll have to leave all forms of modern technology or gadgets such as phones, iPad, laptops, and their ilk at home or in the car because they are distractions.
In other words, your first step towards reconnecting with nature involves leaving artificial behind. At first, it only takes a few minutes; however, expect to keep increasing the time within nature as you get better. And as earlier stated, it all starts with a single step, meaning that you won’t have to be perfect especially in the initial stages. But as time goes, you’ll get used to this, and the feeling of weirdness will without a doubt dissipate.
Reconnecting with nature can be fun as long as you learn how to appreciate the simple things. Besides, we’ve all heard about the dictum that says, ‘The best things in life are free.’ Reconnecting with nature also happens to be very therapeutic especially when done on the lonesome. Just be careful not to venture into dangerous, unchartered territories.
2. The Bohemian Lifestyle is All About Being Open-minded
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Love is an important part of the Bohemian lifestyle, and it does come in different forms including appreciating people, their different cultures as well as practices. Therefore, before adopting the Bohemian lifestyle, the first thing you’ll be required to do is have an open mind. Being open-minded can be loosely translated as staying open to new ideas especially those that are likely to improve the quality of your life.
This also means that you’ll have to embrace as well as appreciate healthy eating habits from ethnicity or ethnicities that reside thousands of miles away. The same also applies to their different, distinct fashion sense. This is merely the Bohemian way of showing love and appreciation for other people, their distinct cultures and life in general.
Apart from love, this practice shows that the Bohemians have deep respect for other people and their distinct ways of life. And where there is respect, there is always peace - which is another essential code that every Bohemian lives by. Therefore, you’ll be expected to try new things besides food and clothing because it’s the Bohemian way of life.
Again, this might not be that easy in the beginning. But with time, you are highly likely to fall in love with the idea. Besides, trying new, unexpected things is exactly what makes life exciting as it gives something to always look forward to. Just be careful not to adopt harmful cultures that’ll end up hurting you in the process.
3. Bohemians Find Their Own Destinations
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In as much as the Bohemian lifestyle is all about traveling, meeting new people and making new experiences, Bohemians do all the above in their own, special way. In layman terms, Bohemians have a knack for shunning popular tourist attractions. This is usually the case because they are free spirits in nature and therefore prefer discovering new things, new places and make new experiences.
No one fully understands and therefore appreciates the magic that comes with walking the unbeaten path like a Bohemian. This, however, doesn’t mean that the Bohemian lifestyle forbids Bohemians explicitly from visiting popular and famous tourist attractions or sites. It’s just that most of these famous tourist attractions are usually overcrowded and therefore devoid of any form of natural energy.
If a place lacks natural energy, then it doesn’t qualify as exciting especially in a bohemian’s book. This brings us to the modern meaning of the Bohemian lifestyle which can be simplified as living your simple life to the fullest. And living life to the fullest doesn’t entail going to places listed in every Tom, Dick and Harry’s bucket list.
And as they spend time chasing sunsets in indigenous, undiscovered destinations, Bohemians will take as many photos as they can for the reminiscence’s sake of reminiscing. They also take pictures as a result of their deep appreciation and respect for nature. To a Bohemian, adventure and being free-spirited is described as following a path that hasn’t been beaten before.
Still, in Bohemian terms, the adventure can also be described as making fashion statements with indigenous outfits borrowed from an ethnicity or ethnicities that haven’t been featured on the New York Fashion Week yet. Finally, Bohemians will show appreciation by not contaminating, littering or interfering with the energy flow of any place they stumbled up while chasing sunsets to the ends of the world.
4. The Bohemian Lifestyle Shuns Materialism
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Bohemian people are supposed to be free from the mental shackles of covetousness. As a matter of fact, they have a popular belief that all humans must live, love and simply make the most out of their short stay on earth. And this duty has absolutely nothing to do with the accumulation of wealth and by extension, materialism.
This explains why you seldom see Bohemians having any interest in the latest Gucci or Prada trends. On the contrary, all Bohemian clothing and jewelry are handmade. It’s no secret that bohemians enjoy the entire process of art and creation, which is more or less the reason why they exist.
They also move from place to place and do so often; meaning has neither the time nor interest to put down roots and start accumulating wealth. Unfortunately, materialism has made a slave out of the modern man, which can never be the case as far as the bohemians are concerned.
According to the Bohemians, much of the hatred and arrogance plaguing the world right now is as a result of unfair wealth accumulation. Humanity is supposed to be all about love and inclusivity, which in turn breeds inclusivity and spontaneous oneness. And for that to happen, then people have to let go of materialism and all the toxicity that comes with it.
Some modern Bohemians might have a job or a trade which earns them money. But even under such circumstances, it’s challenging for them to have any attachments to their trade since they are in it to make enough money to get by. Unfortunately, most people spend most of their lives seeking wealth because of the misplaced belief that with great wealth comes great happiness. But that’s not usually the case as happiness comes from within.
5. The Bohemian Lifestyle Embraces Nudity
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The Bohemian culture puts so much emphasis on self-love to the point that it’s become second to nature to each and every one of them. They believe that before anyone is capable of loving others, he or she has to have enough love flowing from within. Unfortunately, we live in a world where most people have body related insecurities which are very unnecessary.
This insecurity has seen countless people going under the knife in a desperate move to fit into the society’s sick perceptions of beauty. Unfortunately, plastic surgery always ends up breeding more insecurities.
Thankfully, this is never the case with the Bohemian lifestyle where acceptance of self is everyone’s modus operandi. Bohemians believe that everyone is unique in their own, beautiful way irrespective of their ethnicity, fashion sense or clothing, skin color, body proportions, weight and so on.
One way the Bohemian people use to promote self-acceptance is embracing nudity. For those who don’t know, nudity has this auspicious feeling of liberation that can’t quite be explained. This explains why going nude is the Bohemian ways of effectively promoting self-love. That’s why they don’t need expensive clothing, jewelry or shoes to feel good about themselves unlike the rest of us.
In other words, Bohemians only wear clothes and ornaments to accentuate their already beautiful bodies. Nudity can also be used to effectively break down the toxic barriers of classism. And this explains why all Bohemians stand by the belief that we are all created equal.
6. Bohemians Speak Their Minds Out
Any lifestyle that encourages you to speak your mind, and do so as loud as you can, is a good lifestyle. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in most modern cultures where most people can’t voice their honest opinions for fear of being politically incorrect. Thankfully, the Bohemian lifestyle is founded on freedom of expression.
This explains why Bohemians have mastered the art of expressing themselves in all its forms including fashion, language, ethnicity as well as body language. In as much as free speech often end up hurting feelings, Bohemians believe that not speaking your mind is much worse. Therefore, whenever something bothers them, always expect a Bohemian to be vocal about his or her concerns.
Apart from speaking their minds freely and openly, always expect bohemians to stand behind their ideas. They have openly revolted against the modern way of life and always back their beliefs with legit reasons. And as a smart man once said, once you go bohemian, you never go back! PS – The smart man in question is me, just in case you were wondering!
7. Art and the Bohemian Lifestyle are Mutually Exclusive
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By now, you ought to have known that the Bohemian people and their art are pretty much inseparable. Apart from wearing what they make, most of the Bohemians sell their art to get by – not get wealthy. And in as much as making art can be a tad expensive, Bohemians usually use the world around them as their canvas.
Most of their raw material comes from recycling waste metal, clothing and plastics. They’ll then use their creativity to turn these unwanted wastes into beautiful, timeless dime pieces. If you look closely, you’ll realize that Bohemian women coif their beautiful, natural hair into different, artistic styles.
If you look closely, you’ll realize that art is cleverly incorporated in every aspect of the Bohemian lifestyle. Apart from selling and wearing their artistic work, Bohemians often engage in barter trade amongst themselves, which is indeed an intriguing concept especially in the modern world where money is valued over everything else.
Bohemians have also carved a name for themselves in the art of pottery. Again, anyone with a keen eye will spot discover how they use clever patterns to express their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on what they mold which is nothing short of genius.
This is just one of the many reasons why their merchandise is always intriguing to look at. Thankfully, anyone can get their hands on these items at throwaway prices since, as earlier mentioned, they aren’t after substantial profit margins.
8. The Mohemian Lifestyle = Making Your Own Rules
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Following a rigid structure is exactly what makes life, according to Bohemians, predictable and therefore boring. They believe that living, and having a zest for the unknown is the true meaning of being alive. It, therefore, goes without saying that you’ll have to embrace the unknown if at all you are interested in the Bohemian lifestyle.
The Bohemian unpredictability is reflected in their sense of fashion (clothing) and by extension, their general way of life. Bohemians, irrespective of their ethnicity, have a knack for creating their own rules and abiding by them. And the fact that they aren’t famous for putting down roots, making rules as they chase sunsets for the rest of their lives seems like an incredibly exciting idea.
The latter is the reason most people often mistake bohemians for a bunch of people fleeing from responsibility. This is one of the many misconceptions about the Bohemian lifestyle that need correcting. If anything, all Bohemians are doing is taking control of their lives instead of letting the system do that for them. Everyone is aware of the dangers of the modern way of life.
But unlike everybody else, Bohemians don’t have a problem doing something about it. And that’s why they opt to make their own rules as they go. The makeshift laws of Bohemians are flexible, meaning that they are changed as soon as they stop serving their purpose. And the beauty of it all is that they don’t have to hold a referendum to flip a law that is not working.
9. Bohemians Are Proud To Be Different
The first step in adopting the Bohemian lifestyle is not only accepting different. Unfortunately, a lot of people, especially in the modern society, choose to hate what they don’t understand, meaning that being Bohemian will automatically make you a target. That’s why you’ll have to be comfortable and proud being one.
That way, whenever you are greeted with hate, you’ll return love instead. Whenever your ethnicity or lifestyle choice is brought to question, you’ll have expressed yourself in a calm, respectful manner. Why? Because that’s the Bohemian way of life – plain and simple.
Being proud of who you take a lot of guts and so is going against the grain. But then again, no one ever said high standards aren’t attainable. And if anyone ever did, then he or she is not Bohemian. It’s also important to note that the bohemian lifestyle has its fair share of ups and downs.
But it is the self-worth that comes with forging your path that makes it all worthwhile. To be truly happy, you’ll need to talk freely about the downs as you would the ups. This is because a true Bohemian takes pride in being a student of life and uses every opportunity he or she is alive to draw valuable lessons from every occurrence without a drop of shame.
10. The Bohemian Lifestyle Is About Following One's Own Ideas
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Following your ideas or believes is the ultimate show of power and freedom – which also happens to be the Bohemian way of life. Being Bohemian means that you have the freedom to choose the kind of clothing or meals you have without a care in the world. But before getting to that point, you’ll have to reject the modern society and its misconceptions about life.
This will be hard because everyone prefers living in a comfortable bubble, meaning they’ll never trade security for freedom. If you want to adopt the Bohemian lifestyle, then you’ll have no other choice but to renounce all material possession. You’ll also have to learn how to not judge others by their ethnicity or what they have.
Adopting the Bohemian lifestyle goes deeper than just adapting the Bohemian fashion sense. It means changing your entire view of the world. And in a world where everyone is programmed to think in a certain way, going against the grain is easier said than done. But if you genuinely want to be happy, then changing your perspective is a minimal price to pay.
The people who have successfully switched to the Bohemian lifestyle have openly admitted that the switch was the best decision they made in their lives. The Bohemian lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle that’ll affect you spiritually, emotionally, psychologically as well as physically. And in time, all the toxic behaviors such as excessive drinking will be replaced with spontaneous oneness, healthy eating, and living.
The Bohemian lifestyle is also good for the environment as Bohemians take pride in conservation and that includes all forms of wildlife including animals. Last but not least, anyone is fit to adopt the Bohemian lifestyle. So, if you’ve been thinking about doing it but don’t know how to go about it, now you do!