What is freedom to you?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines Freedom; the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
I have a story that I want to share with you from when I was last in Melbourne. I think it highlights the difference of how we all experience our freedom.
When my lovely man & I were on the train traveling from South Yarra into Flinders St Station, we were facing a young-ish lady sitting a couple of seats away. She seemed normal enough, except for the finger inserted deeply into her nose…
To begin with I wasn’t sure what she was doing with it, her finger was just chilling there; Was she picking her nose or was she trying to keep it warm?
I had to turn away as her finger ascended higher into her nasal cavity, I then made the mistake of turning back for a second glance as she rolled the contents of her nose between her forefinger and thumb, once again I had to look away. Curiosity got the better of me and I looked again, there she was sitting back eyes closed with a deep sense of satisfaction, nay, ecstasy written all over her face… She then went back to tapping away on her touch phone with the offending finger.
To begin with I was disgusted, then I was amused and now, funnily enough, I’m in awe.
How bold and brazen to pick your nose in public and relish in the exercise. I don’t think I could ever do it, but it got me thinking, what do I do to exercise my freedom? How do I celebrate that I can do whatever the hell that I want? What do other people do?
The answers to my questions don’t come easily, but when I think really hard, I realise that writing is a sense of freedom to me, producing something creative feels like freedom.
Traveling also makes me feel free; exploring a new city, where no one knows my name.
I feel free when I walk into a super ritzy shop and look around like I could afford anything they’re selling, if I didn’t feel free I wouldn’t be able to walk through the door.
Freedom is liberating and exciting. It is expressing yourself authentically without fear of ridicule, it is laughing and rejoicing in life, and sometimes it is being a little bit devious. Freedom makes me feel alive!!
What can you do today to embrace the freedom in your life?
Maybe it is taking a long soak in the tub, going on a shopping spree, opening your car/motorbike up on the highway and feeling that rush of adrenaline or at the opposite end of the spectrum: meditating in your local park.
I often worry about growing old and never using the gifts the universe has given me to their full potential. If you’re reading this you are more than likely living in a privileged world where you have access to clean drinking water, a roof over your head and you have a choice over the kind of work that you do, you have freedom! There are so many of us out there that take our freedom for granted, me included. It’s time to embrace it, get out there, live your life, make the most of every day! If you want to be silly because it reminds you that you are free, do it! If you want to dye your hair completely different because that is what reminds you of your freedom, do it!
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible” – Audrey Hepburn