Freedom: thinking without restrictions.
I’m talking about all aspects of the word. You could say that freedom IS no restrictions, in its purest sense if you will. It is important that we think of the word without any constraints we may unconsciously place on it due to our upbringing and what others tell us is “possible.”
Most of us are only capable of understanding that of which we already know. But I challenge you to use your imagination. Our mind is the most powerful tool we have… and it’s free.
The times we live in, our geological location, and the culture we have been raised in, all play key roles in our interpretation of communication. However, since we are all living in the same era, I will deduce that we will have a similar cognizance of the word: freedom.
What makes you free?
The question is very simple; yet it can mean a multitude of concepts to different people. This is because our language is incapable of covering the vast array of feelings and emotions that humans try and associate with words. Think about how many times you’ve tried to describe a feeling to someone and come up short. I often hear, “I cannot express” or “words cannot describe…” In order to delve into any topic, we first must realize that words are only capable of conveying a certain degree of understanding. Since human language has such restrictions; we must be vigilant in how we chose to articulate ourselves. We must also be aware that words have different implications based on the experiences people have in their lives.
With this in mind, I ask you again, what does freedom really represent?
When I think of the word it goes much deeper than just letters. I get a feeling. There are no limits. No bounds. It is pure force and raw nature. There is no one to preside over us. There is no one to tell us how to feel, talk, dress, etc. We are our own master. There are no outside forces coercing us to confine to their “standards.” There is no entity telling us we cannot achieve something. We are all equal. No one person is better than another. We are free because we believe in ourselves and our ability to persevere. Reclaim that innocence. We have always been told that we can do what ever we set our mind to. Don’t let others decide your life.
The power of suggestion is shocking. It can make or break someone. Have you ever been told you cannot do something? Have people in “power” told you that you are incapable of experiencing or achieving something great? Only you can define your life. Why do we listen to outsiders and let our freedom be confined to how someone else defines it?
Because of my numerous health issues, Traumatic Brain Injury and Melanoma being just two of them, I have been told countless times that I would not be able to have a “normal” life. That I wouldn’t be able to experience half of the things I have accomplished thus far. Now, it is true I haven’t lead a “normal” life. It’s been anything but normal…. It’s better. I push myself to my limits, and I refuse to let MY limits be dictated by others. I’ve chosen not to let society, culture, or “power” define me.
The power of your mind is unsurpassed. One of my favorite quotes is: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you are right. You cannot listen to what everyone says. You must make decisions based on your beliefs. Because YOU are the only one who knows YOU. Freedom is living your life your way. It’s believing in something greater. It’s taking a chance. Freedom is a life that you set up for yourself, not one that is already constructed for someone else’s needs.
I challenge you to step outside the box. To think. To question. To challenge. This may seem like a silly proposition. But in today’s culture we believe most of what we are told. We are not experiencing information first hand. We are believing the instruction and “intelligence” that is fed to us, purely because it is easier than actually thinking on our own. You MUST be your own advocate. Be conscious of how your words effect those around you. Recognize the power of language and acknowledge that we are all interconnected, but understand that only you know what is best for yourself.
It is up to you to determine your evolution in this life; and I challenge you to live free.