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January 8, 2015

I Will Never be a Well-Behaved Woman.

I will never be a well behaved woman.

I would rather pass my days lying in the middle of dirt roads, staring at the full moon with a bottle of summer red in my palms.

I would rather have kids when it suits me, not when society expects or throws shoulds.

I would rather live in a hammock on a beach for six months, and write like my soul means it.

I would rather be horribly broke at times, than married to a job because a mortgage payment has my ass on a hook.

I would rather own moments, than investments.

I would rather eat alone, than sit with women who bore me at “Wives’ Night.”

I would rather swim naked with bioluminescence, have it fall like fireflies from my hair, my breasts, my back.

I would rather do handstands naked in the moonlight when no one’s watching than pick bridesmaid dresses.

I would rather drink seven year old rum from a sandy bottle, smell of smoke and ash than sit in church.

I would rather learn from life than rack up debt, in a desk.

I would rather drink the ocean, again and again—celebrate being madly alive.

I would rather my love be defined by love itself, and nothing more or less.

I don’t need a ring on my finger to prove that I am in love.

I would rather take the chicken bus, than spend useless money in safe gated communities. Sit beside a goat, listen to raggaeton and eat green mango with sugar in a plastic bag sold from the woman who harasses the bus each time it stops.

I do not need a degree to prove that I am intelligent.

I do not need to own a piece of earth with some wood on top of it—to feel successful. No one truly owns the land, anyway—we just think we do.

My savings account has diddly to do with my richness.

I would rather sprawl my single ass out like a lioness each morning and enjoy each corner of my empty bed.

I will take a job I love and freedom over a pension, any day.

I will not work and work and work to live when my body is old and I am tired.

Stocks are for people who get boners from money.

Not everyone should have kids, and my eggs aren’t expiring.

I will not drink the societal Kool-Aid on a bus, nor will I drink it on a train.

Not on a plane, with a goat, in the rain, in the dark, in a tree, with a fox, in a box!

I will not jump through societies’ hoops and red tape, the treasure hunt in the rat race we chase.

If we must have milestones—mine will be measured by how much joy I have collected at the end of each day and how often in this life I have truly, deeply, opened.

Seek, see, love, do.

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Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Travis May

Photos: Author’s own

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Nigel Be Jan 6, 2016 3:20pm

Janne, I applaud your epic way of expressing yourself fearlessly in words and in action! It is not for everyone as we all have different priorities, desires and fears. I love your bravery and self – aware choicefulness. "I would rather" does not claim any righteousness or portend judgement to me…only those who judge their own choices may get triggered by the choices of another.
I am now a young 50 yr old "gypsy / Free range human" and enjoy all the pleasures you mentioned just about. I also was married 20+ years and raised a family while keeping the travel and gypsy lifestyle a priority by working a job I enjoyed and being well paid…then leaving every 3-4 years for ME TIME / FAMILY TIME which could be taking 6 months up to 2 years off at a time to travel and or spend focus time with my kids and family. I and my wife and kids saw the sense and benefit of a little unconventionality to embrace who I am and what was important to each of us…to experience life fully in every moment possible and to express our fullness through the pursuit of our desire…not putting things off till who knows when? I applaud you!
Now that my kids are in college I have been traveling living internationally and in the US for the past 3 years and consider myself a Digital Nomad, teacher of life and role model still to many young adults who crave to know that life doesnt have to be lived behind a desk or limited to the geography you own a home in.
I have a community of chosen family on 4 continents and can feel at home anywhere in the world and my kids have been traveling with me and on their own since age 5…I want to raise global citizens who know anything is possible if they desire it and are prepared to make it work. Often times just because your life looks like a vacation people thing you aren't working or contributing back to those who live a more traditional lifestyle. I heard you say that you earn a living by " hanging your dirty and clean laundry out in the open" – of course you do! A write and poet maybe an author is a noble profession! In many cultures past and present times it is one of the most highly valued and rewarded. You inspire me and others with your worlds and your wisdom and your choice for freedoms others dont have the courage or desire for. Well done!! Bravo! and THANK YOU!
I look forward to more from you and perhaps our paths may intersect or we'll share a wave together at some unnamed break on a remote island somewhere. Bless and Bliss!

Heather Jan 5, 2016 4:50am

This is fantastic! Awesome! And everything in between!!!

Oct 4, 2015 8:50pm

Excelent article! I will never be a well behaved woman either!!

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

You can connect with her on Instagram or at her website.