This was a hard challenge. It could have gone so many ways:
1. Michelle. I met a group of women in Los Angeles last month at a Women in Film meeting. After the function, several women assembled outside to have their picture taken for the local newspaper. I got my camera out. As the other women went on their way, Michelle and Nancy, two of my new friends, and I decided to sit on the beach and chat.
Then Michelle said, “Take my picture!” She stood on the stone bench, stretched out her arms to the sun, struck a dance pose and smiled. I clicked and admired the freedom of her spirit to embrace the moment with humor and openness, and without a shred of self consciousness.
That is a free spirit – to throw your arms open and enjoy the now with a smile.
But there were other moments during that trip to vie for a place in this post.
2. Drummer, Emma and Mimosa Cafe. There’s a whole post ahead about the Mimosa Cafe and the wonderful group of people – all seemingly regulars – I met while visiting. For instance, “Drummer” and his faithful bird Emma, and little dog-in-a-bag Mouse.
3. The sea. I decided the beach and ocean would wind up as free spirit representative – but there were many choices there, too. I felt that the two photos below best expressed the feeling.
When I look at these photos, I think of the ability to embrace the moment; the art of being wholly yourself; and the adventure of facing new experiences and challenges.
The other part of this freedom, though, is just out of view. It’s the scene of people around you. When I was at both beaches depicted here, I loved the sense of community, which I think offers a deeper sense of freedom, a deeper significance to a freedom that’s felt among friends and family, and a joy found only in the company of others.
The freedom you feel when someone’s waiting for you on the shore.