- Name: Jonathan “barefoot kid” – no, the Barefoot Kid movie is not about me, nor am i the actor – i wish! 🙂
- Home: Kailua, Hawaii
- Interests: martial arts, swimming, movies (happy-ending ones only), music, computer games, naturism, barefooting
I love going barefoot and i do it most of the time most everywhere (to the grocery stores, post office, banks, restaurants, and shopping malls to name a few places), and consider it a matter of personal choice (just like someone would choose to wear a hat, a red dress, or drive a black sports car).
Whenever i’m barefoot i feel like an innocent, uninhibited kid, being carefree and natural, ready to experience all the fun life has to offer. Above all, it builds my confidence as i become kinder, gentler, and more tolerant with my fellow human beings.
I also love nature and love to be close to and one with it. I don’t care much for city life; i’d rather be in the country, where there are lots of trees and i can hear the birds sing during the day and insects at night, or the ocean. Oh yes, i love hanging out on the beach! I could practically live there. I also love the tropics where it’s warm year round and i never have to bundle up.
You wouldn’t guess but i’m actually kinda shy. But i’m also free spirited and have a rebellious side. I get a thrill out of breaking social taboos. Going barefoot in public is one of them. Besides, i feel more in touch with nature when i’m barefoot.
I also don’t like wearing clothes; i feel so liberated when i don’t have anything on my body. But too bad, unlike going barefoot i can’t go without clothes in public and not get in trouble, he he he! So, i’m totally naked only when i’m at home and i mean i do everything in the nude like sleeping, eating, watching tv or surfing the net.
When i go out i just put on a pair of shorts with no underwear; to me underwear are just like socks – too restrictive and i have no use for them. So i never wear them. Depending on where i need to go and the temperature, i may or may not wear a shirt. Sometimes i feel like Tarzan, bare chest and bare feet with only a pair of shorts on.
You know, when i was in my teens my hair was pretty long, like below my shoulders, and on occasion people would mistake me for a girl (seriously!), but when i didn’t have any shirt on, they couldn’t make that mistake, right? He he he! When i have to wear shirt i just put on an old t-shirt sometimes with holes on it. When i get home, whatever little is on my body comes completely off. Aaahhh… Such freedom!
My parents, especially my dad, never approved of my behavior. He would get so exasperated when he saw me walk around the house in bare feet and would tell me to put on sandals, and i always got yelled at when i came to the dining table with no shirt on. One time i walked into my parents’ room with no clothes on (i was about 14) because i had to ask my mom something and didn’t feel like putting on clothes just for a few seconds. Man, was my dad furious! It was a constant struggle between the conservative parents and the rebellious kid.
Once i got into college i moved far from my parents and that’s when i started to enjoy more freedom. I saw a few students going barefoot around campus, including to classes and i thought it was really cool but at first i was kinda timid to go barefoot on campus myself. It actually took me a while to give it a try, and when i did i felt so liberated. However, i majored in science and unfortunately we couldn’t go barefoot or wear flip flops in in science labs which was a bummer. Nevertheless, i enjoyed the time i was able to walk barefoot around campus.
I also enjoy swimming which can actually clean my soles pretty good. Oh well… They’ll get dirty again soon! 🙂 here’s my soles before and after swimming…
How I enjoy life and always have fun
I try to always remember the following:
I know that everything in life, be it pleasant or otherwise, happens for a purpose, and it serves me. If i cannot change the unpleasant, i surrender, see it as the way it is supposed to be, and deal with it joyfully.
I also believe those around me are trying to do the best they can, with what they have; therefore, i try to be kind, tolerant, and forgive others easily.
I am aware that at any given moment there are good/exciting things going on around me, and i can find them by being more perceptive. Life is filled with fun; i just have to look for and experience it.
When things are not going so well, i have all the more reason to cheer up and have fun so i will gain the energy to deal with the problem. Being grouchy will only make it worse.
I am always thankful for what i have, for i know there are always others who have less.
I believe i can achieve anything i can imagine; i let my dreams be the driving force, and never let them die.
My personal code of conduct
- Be friendly, outgoing, loving, strong, and passionate
- Be kind, patient, forgiving, and slow to anger
- Be confident and calm in any situation
- Live impeccably
- Contribute to others
- Always be happy and have fun
Here’s a nice little writing that encourages going barefoot to enjoy life…
Sooner or later we must realize there is no station. No one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.
“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118.24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.
Bare your soles and walk a mile
Sooth your soles and free your soul
You shall smile for a long while (:
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