THE REAL DEFINITION OF FREEDOM (AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT)
Posted on July 11 2019
Miriam-Webster defines freedom as:
1 : the quality or state of being free: such as. a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence. c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
But that barely scratches the surface of what true freedom is.
Did you ever hear stories of people who were put in prison, but felt freer than ever? I have. And it always makes wonder: how can you feel free when you’re physically not free?
However, when you reach a different understanding about the true meaning freedom, it makes perfect sense.
Freedom is not a tangible thing that depends upon your location, how much money you have, who is in your life, or any other external circumstance, but rather, freedom is an unseen force — a frame of mind.
You can actually choose to feel free regardless of external factors. Not only can you make that decision, but you can feel a level of freedom you’d never achieve if given everything you think would increase that feeling.
We are products of our society. A society that tells us we need to buy more “things” in order to achieve happiness. A society that tells us that if we take a fancy vacation to a secluded island or ingest a health product that we’ll be overwhelmed with a sense of wonder and peace. But that’s just not the case. You can fill yourself up with any outside element you’d like, but if you’re not right on the inside — if your spirit isn’t right— you’ll end up nothing an empty shell imprisoned by your own mind, with a lot of physical possessions.
And the opposite holds true, as well. You can have everything you’ve ever wanted and the freedom to frequent any location of your choice, but still be imprisoned in your own mind.
True freedom hinges on a decision. You want to feel it? Take the first step and decide, right now, that you’re going to free yourself of negativity. (Easier said than done.) Decide that no matter how many times you falter and fall back into your old patterns that you will try again. Anything worth achieving will require some work. (Easy come, easy go.)
Persistence, motivation, and constant reminders of what is important to you, what really matters, and how to be complete without anything at all will be hurdles you’ll have to overcome on a path to true freedom.
What will you do to achieve it?
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
― Jim Morrison
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
― Jim Morrison
“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes