“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you’re terrified somebody’s going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somaliland. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
― Paul Varjack
I was looking for a quote about being a free spirit and I found this.
It is from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is a misnomer from MisNomerVille.
Honestly, when I was 17 I had on my bucket list: “Have a croissant at Tiffany’s in NewYork City.”Because what did I know? At the time, I lived in a sprawling suburb in the middle of suburbia, flanked by cornfields, tomato fields and an AirForce base.
I remember when the first Starbucks arrived, and we couldn’t figure out why you would spend $4 on a cup of coffee. We had two high schools, one Denny’s, a library and one freeway that led people through the town or out of town. Back then, there was no particular reason to stop in the town, unless you were looking for affordable housing.
I just figured, in my small farmtown perspective,that Tiffany’s was like IKEA. Furniture and stuff downstairs, a cafeteria with croissants upstairs.
The horizon, beyond the flanking range of hills, beckoned to my soul, the same way New York City beckoned to Holly Golightly. New possibilities and new opportunities through which to shed the tight-fitting skin of your youth, and emerge into urbanity as a sophisticated butterfly.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s seemed like the perfect stepping off into a new Little Black Dress.
Turns out there is no croissant bakery in Tiffany’s, and they just sell jewelry.
Nevertheless, the sentiment remains the same. The freedom of living life unconstrained. Unyielding. Unrelenting to obstacles or stumbling blocks.
What would you do if you could…just go?