About the Hippy (Amy)
Growing up in rural Ohio, I was a typical farm kid until I turned 9. It was then that I went from the typical two-parent home to being raised by a single, widowed father. I still have no idea how my father (who was only 32 at the time) took on raising two little girls alone.
My sister and I took over the role of taking care of the house, while Dad worked long hours and did his best to take care of us and mourn the love of his life. I don’t remember going without much, but then again, you don’t know what you don’t have if you never have it.
At 16, after some issues in coping with Dad getting remarried (yeah, that didn’t last) I was diagnosed as bipolar but stayed unmedicated. Not entirely my decision, but Dad absolutely hated how the medications affected my personality. I’m strong-willed and full of life. The medications created what he called a “zombie”. I learned right then that unconditional love is loving the person exactly as they are, regardless of if you like their behavior or not.
I am creative, energetic, and I have a strangely morbid sense of humor. I love to be outside and to garden, enjoy nature, animals, and all things of the Earth. I hate shoes, I abhor hypocrisy, and I despise a lot of things that our current culture acts as if is “normal”. Oh, and I hate the idea of “normal” in general. There is no such thing. We all are who we are, and the pressure of “normalized” behavior is akin to a herd of sheep in my mind… and sheep are stupid. LOL
I hope that I can share not just what I know how to do (cooking, cleaning, creating) but also to hopefully give you all a hippy’s perspective on the world. My motto is “do what makes you happy, as long as you allow the same from me.” We don’t have to understand what makes someone else happy. We just must allow them that right to happiness if we want the same in return.
I am not a particularly religious person, having a distrust of organized religion at its core, but I’m spiritual and believe that there is a larger purpose to life. My mother was a home-economics teacher (she also had a degree in elementary education) and I think I inherited her desire to teach others.
I hope I help teach you a different view of the world and the ability to do what makes you happy… and not give a damn what anyone else thinks.