What is freedom?
Dictionary.com gives this definition of freedom:
- the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
- exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc
- the power to determine action without restraint
- personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery.
Freedom is more than just wanting to do whatever we feel like. Freedom also involves responsibility. In a family for instance, even though we are free, we still must consider the other people in the family and how our actions impact on the other family members. Freedom is being free to express yourself in your unique way, whatever that looks like. Its freedom to think, believe, speak, and live as you choose – but only until your choices start to infringe on another person’s freedom.
Basically a free person has the legal right to do whatever they want insofar as they do not offensively harm or coerce another person against their will. Yet it happens. People do not always feel they have the right to express themselves or to do what they feel is right for them, because another prohibits or inhibits their freedom of choice.
Freedom means freedom to express who you are through whatever you want to do without any forces stopping you. But so often we are living in an environment where we are affected by everything around us, which is also helping dictate what we do – or do not do – by whatever forces are there, including other people.
Freedom is having a voice, its living your life as you see fit, making your own decisions to the best of your knowledge and ability, decisions that are right for you. When someone puts a demand on you to be different from who you really are, it puts your happiness under someone else’s control, and that’s not freedom. Freedom is being free to be able to pursue your dreams, to be you, magnificent and exceptional, and fulfilling your life purpose. Do you want this freedom?