To Be Free
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
Freedom is often held up as the beacon on the hill we should all aspire to.
It makes sense that freedom would be a noble pursuit.
But what does it mean to be free?
Is it about being able to do whatever you want whenever you feel like it?
Is it about the ability to choose?
Is it something that’s afforded to you by the state?
How much freedom is enough? Where do you establish boundaries and draw the line?
Can you have too much freedom, would that even be a problem?
I understand that I often tend to pose more questions than give answers, but I’m convinced that the value is really in the pursuit of making sense of things.
To better understand what it is that ultimately drives you and contributes to your ability to live a rich life, full of meaning.
I subscribe to the belief that freedom is often only considered superficially.
It’s usually only equated to some right that you’ve been given.
But it actually goes much deeper than that.
Much of the time, freedom is more about liberating yourself from yourself in many ways.
In having the clarity of mind, the will and the courage to overcome your personal demons.
In being able to cultivate your character in ways that opens you up to more possibilities.
In being able to find gratitude in every moment and understand both your strengths and limitations; and then to act on those accordingly.
As Freud famously stated, Freedom tends to also come with responsibility. It’s almost impossible to be truly free without exercising responsibility.
People often want the freedom, but they shirk their responsibilities. But as Seth Godin put’s it; “freedom and responsibility are not given, they’re taken”.
So in a sense the ultimate freedom is in your ability to respond to any given situation in a way that transcends the situation itself and how you might feel about it.
In your ability to reach for an ultimate sense of good and truth.
I know, that’s much easier said than done, but I’m afraid that whoever has been telling you that living a free life means living an easy life has been totally misleading you.