Have you ever been wild and free?

Emma Thompson in The Children ActI watched an amazing film last night, and this question came from it. “The Children Act” is one of the best films I’ve seen in years. My gift to you this holiday season is to tell you that you must see it. There is nothing simple about this multi-layered plot, which investigates the complex emotions of human existence and relationships. Emma Thompson also delivers one of her best and most heart-felt performances in this film, which caused me to begin to ponder, when in my own life have I truly felt wild and free?

I have known only fleeting moments of “wild and free” most of my life. At the time I called these glimpses “zen moments” when everything seemed exactly as it should be. I loved that feeling of  finally being in the right place at the right time to experience this golden moment.

Then, in a shocking revelation last night, I realized that it is only now, in my sixties, that I regularly feel both wild and free. Now I can finally stop thinking about how others might judge me, and simply make my own choices. Everyday I again choose to be me, feeling safe and nurtured enough to reveal my authentic self, handing myself more freedom. What a refreshing way to live…

snowy Winter Solstice

I gave myself freedom in the past few years. That’s pretty wild, isn’t it?

9 thoughts on “Have you ever been wild and free?

  1. I will look for this film, this is the first I’ve heard of it. Oh to be wild and free, what a concept. In some ways to be a Christian is freeing since we know we are completely loved.


  2. Ah, every time I go paddling by myself. It’s much, much safer to paddle with a group and I plan and paddle with extra caution when I do go on my own, but nothing else feels quite as much like just stepping out of the norm as being out on the water by myself. My one week solo camping trip down the Hudson from Waterford to Brooklyn was especially intense – absolutely loved it.

    Sounds like a great movie!


  3. Oh, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have’t seen any ads or previews for this. I must be living under a rock! Thanks, again.


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