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© 2019 by Bayonne Hutchinson. 

F R E E

YOUNG & FREE

FEBRUARY  27, 2019

Growing up in my home island Grenada was fun as a child. I don’t remember much, but what I remember makes me smile. Climbing trees, swimming in the beach behind our house, and playing in the sand. I remember spending hours at the beach. Even though I never learned how to swim, the beach was always my favorite part about Grenada.

Spending the rest of my childhood in Brooklyn was also fun. I remember when I first arrived at the age of seven; driving through the city mesmerized by its rhythmic dance that everyone followed. Playing water fights in the summer, Double Dutch, tag, hide and seek, and snowball fights in the Winters was all the fun I needed as a kid. I remember occasional road trips with the family and trips to amusement parks.

I never wanted to grow up. I never cared to become an adult and do “adult things”. It always seemed boring. Why would I want to pay bills, go to work, and pray for the weekend to come? I enjoyed my summer vacations off and playing freely. I’ve never seen adults play. They were always so serious. That’s too dangerous, don’t do that, don’t play over there, DON’T HAVE FUN!!

Unfortunately, for a while, I have become the worried, structured, routine adult who focused more on paying bills than having fun or doing the things I truly loved doing.

Having that same free spirit like I did when I was a kid seemed far fetched or maybe even unattainable. I mean, being an adult meant I needed to put away all childish things. Right!? Being free from the some of the restrictive construct of what an adult should be or how an adult should act is something that I may need to work on. However, putting an effort to being more free in my day-to-day interaction with myself and other is a start.

This year; I will be scheduling fun into my life.

A free spirit is not bound by this, that, matter, materialism or opinion. They sing, dance and flow on the wind - for they are at one with it. They are nothing and everything - void and expanse. Even space and time does not confine or define them. For they are pure energy itself.

—Rasheed Ogunlaru