We see the word bohemian everywhere these days; it is a top tag on Instagram , it is used to describe clothing, feelings, and in general lifestyle. But what does bohemian REALLY mean?
This entry from wiki describes where the phrase originated from:
“Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.
This use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities.”
Bohemians on the road*Image found @ topyaps.com*
But what does “bohemian” mean to you? To me it is a person who maintains an artistic lifestyle and places freedom of self-expression above all other desires.
Now, the term has become much more mainstream, and really is geared towards fashion for the folk that do not have either a deep understanding or care for the phrase and what it really embodies. Now, where you hear bohemian, you think” long flowy dresses, feathers in the hair, and fringe purses.” And don’t get me wrong, I love the clothing style and feel that it helps retain the original spirit of revolt. The history behind it though is so much more rich and fascinating.
*A beautiful vintage photo of a bohemian lady*
Being who you want, and maintaining your free spirit is really embodying the bohemian lifestyle. Expressing your creativity and living your life in a centered, and spiritual environment surrounding you is the embodiment of a bohemian.
Unglup from life, find beauty in everything,and embrace the vagabond rebel within you.
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