Exploring your definition of freedom
Freedom can be many things to many people, but it may have a few of the same roots: a way of living that allows you to follow your passions, live the way you want to live, and explore your sense of self without inhibition. It may be a place, a state of mind, a lifestyle. No matter what, the feeling of freedom is above all and exhilarating. It can hit you suddenly and make everything feel perfectly in place. I think it is important to recognize these situations, to understand your own happiness in being free and what makes you feel that way.
For me, freedom isn’t a specific place, but the knowledge that the world is out there for me to explore. I’ve left pieces of myself in every place I’ve been. Knowing that I am shaped by the life I live, the experiences I have, is motivation to keep going. Understanding these things help me to make decisions based on the things that really matter to me, and less on materialism and impulse. I can work on having positive interactions with others and feel less driven by envy.
So, take a moment to think about where you feel free, or where that word takes you. Maybe somewhere that whole world feels reachable, or simply somewhere you feel at ease and content.
Maybe it all sounds a bit cheesy and cliché. I am highly aware of this, which is why it will take me many minutes of hesitation to hit publish. I guess the true challenge is to be free from self doubt, which is much harder to master.
Thanks for reading!
Read the essay: Freedom in open air