Vintage Souls

Vintage, adj: The time that something of high quality was produced or existed.

Soul, n: The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.

OR  An individual person.

 
According to any dictionary, a “vintage soul” is a quality immortal, a high quality individual. 
 
Groupspeak and herd mentality have no place for such a being. I am one of these. I greatly dislike herd mentalities, or most anything that is mass offered as worthwhile of my time and attention.
 
Vintage Souls fit very well into the labels under which you will discover INFJ’s, of which I am considered as. I don’t even care to brag about having a personality that is a mere 2% of the population. All the more, it makes being understood difficult. Very very difficult. 
 
How do you spot a vintage soul? Hint: you don’t.  We enjoy melting into the shadows of society, soaking up the vibes of what flows around us each and every moment. 
 
We want to be left alone, with a good book, or even better; engrossed in a lively yet enriching conversation that will teach us about the other linguist, while sparking more flames in our own psyche with which we can further mold ourselves with.  
We think deeply and often. And often we feel even deeper, and somehow, that it just isn’t our place to be supremely open about these feelings.  It’s as if we know what everyone else is feeling, and don’t want to burden people further with our own emotional turmoil.  For that is really what we deal with, as vintage souls.  
 
We wish we were born a millenia ago, when times were much simpler, and people [more] well behaved.  But alas, we cannot time travel, so we slowly and surely march on.  Our time travel can be found in the old classics we digest, just as in the most current breaking political news that I know I’m quite guilty of clicking “share” on social media with.  
 
Old music is just as appealing to us as is a new hit single.  In fact, it can take me months or years to finally get current with my own music selection- how awkward it is when you’re bobbing your head to a great sounding single, only to find out from your buddy next to you that it was released over a year ago.  Shameful.
 
I think vintage souls would agree that thrift shopping, while annoying, is extremely satisfying.  Finding that once in a lifetime piece, or jacket that was discontinued years and years ago.  It’s really the best feeling.  I was in Denver a few months back when I stumbled upon an amazing trench coat that would probably have sold retail at over $200.00USD.  I snagged it for $30, with not a single rip in it, while also preserving an immaculate fit.  Thrift shops are empty half the time, while malls are terribly crowded.  A big no.  The masses love it, and remember, vintage souls dislike what the masses consume.  Everything is overpriced.   (That’s why I like Target so much LOL).  While price is what you pay, value is what you obtain.  Value, to vintage souls, is well worth the time spent searching and seeking. 
 
How many of you millenials have record players? If you raised your hand, you just might be a vintage soul- so congrats.  Old stuff resonates with vintage souls, because we feel so old in our young flesh and bone.  We ponder and muse like people twice our age, if not triple – or so we presume.  Old things have stood the test of time.  Worn out things display beautiful scars that are unique and individualized.  Vintage souls love authentic individuality.  It’s the essence that makes us feel alive, like the artists and renegades that we are deep down.  Only true renegades embrace digging through old antique stores for a collectible rare book find, or the next old school jacket find in a barely lit rusting second hand shop.  
 
At the end of the day, vintage souls are artists,  rebels, and indies.  Indies, in that independence is freedom to strike a balance between originality, creativity, and altruism.  Words come easy, yet our voices are rarely heard.  We find the greatest joy and the greatest value in experiences lived well, and lives fulfilled deeply.  We cannot play fake, nor fake play and we simply won’t settle for superficial price tags.  Authenticity is as treasured to us as gold. 
 
//Artistic renegades are vintage souls that desire to make a difference while still maintaining their own creative integrity.//
<Dakoda>
 
  
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Modified Minimalism

(photograph via www.prakashghai.com)

 

Everyone these days loves to claim they are minimalist.  They tout it on Instagram feeds, on Snapchat stories and anywhere  else they can publicly  justify that they are “minimalists”.  Buzzwords suck don’t they? 

Hate to break it to you, but try living out of your car. For 8 months. Couch hopping.  That will in fact teach you raw minimalism.  It isn’t fun, not by a long shot.  It’s a minimalism contrived out of a need.  I think that is how I would best describe modified minimalism. There are many flavors of minimalism, but I feel an urge to touch on this one specifically.

When we modify things, generally speaking, we modify them to bring or increase value.  Yet, in the same sentence, we cross a paradox where minimalism is no longer truly itself.  Therefore, I want to offer up the idea that minimalism comes in differing levels and variants. 

In my own mind, minimalism is very aesthetic, but not practical enough for me.  Gemstones used to be a huge part of my life, and hopefully will soon be again.  For maximum effectiveness in the esoteric sciences, one needs a LOT of stones, and a LOT of space in order to extract the maximum benefit from crystals.  Pure minimalism falls short.  So I replace it with modified minimalism, where I can balance the spare aesthetic with practicality.  

A section of my life that embodies modified minimalism well is my  wardrobe.  True minimalism would suggest a male like myself have 2 shirts, 2 pants, and 2 pairs of shoes, with enough socks and unders to last 7-10 days between washes.  Thankfully, I don’t subscribe to this model.  I love variety and pastel colors.  So, my wardrobe is more of an indie artist and modified minimalist wardrobe.  Take a peek, and you’d find a few unstructured blazers, a few henleys, some button up shirts, a few dark colored t-shirts, and a pair of chinos, jeans, and joggers.  What I personally put more money into, is my shoes.  I have a very nice pair of boots from USPA, some cheap loafers, a pair of nice Vans, and some Steve Madden hybrid boots.  

Thus, I hope you see above how modified minimalism is more or less a practical form of minimalism. 

A lot of how I develop my wardrobe is based on my lifestyle choices I’m involved in at any point in time.  However, the other thing for me personally, is I see my dressing style as a part of my life’s art.  That’s why I view myself as an artistic renegade. I don’t follow style rules to a T, and I love being artistic about it. 

D.

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