Being free. Feeling free. Free to take your own decisions, free to be who you want to be, free to live.
It’s a state of being that most of us desire, but few of us really achieve. Being free in life means something else to every single individual, but in its most basic definition it means you have options and choices. Before we can reach true mental freedom, the basic need of physical freedom must be met. But what if you must cover your curls before you leave your house? What if you simply can’t walk down your own street anymore? What if listening to music must be done hiding? What if you can’t express your creativity anymore? Will you leave this place that took away all of your freedom, and go find it somewhere else – even at the risk of your life?
Yes, you would.
Because freedom is worth fighting for. As I read somewhere: “In a world desperate for individuality and expression, freedom is everything.” It’s this freedom that allows us to explore all possibilities and that unleashes humans’ potential. I can’t be grateful enough for my parents deciding to risk their lives so that we can be free. And now that I’m secured of physical freedom, I’m unfolding the mental state of freedom every day. Bit by bit.
Are you free? While most people will quickly answer “yes, of course,” take a moment and think about your life. Are you really experiencing the flow of life? What does being free mean to you? What would it be like to be free, truly free, in your own life?
- Not imprisoned or confined: a free man; set the birds free.
- Not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being: choosing or capable of choosing for itself
- Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: felt free to go.
- Not controlled by another country or political power; independent: a free nation.
- Governed by consent and possessing or granting civil liberties: a free citizenry.
- Not subject to arbitrary interference by a government: a free press.