Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice. It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change – Stephen Covey
Freedom has meant different things to me, at different phases of my life. The meaning has never remained same. I was a rebellious teenager and always thought that my parents never understood me. I was not allowed to dress the way i would i have wanted, or i was not allowed to stay late out. My friends were never approved. The maximum time i had ever been out was may be 8:30 pm. So, when i used to compare myself with my friends – i felt caged and i truly envied them for the rapport they shared with their parents and the freedom they had.
I wanted to be free just like them and that is what Life was all about. I lived in a bubble, and it created quite a gap between me and my parents. Cut to the next 10 years – i met a man, who i wanted to marry, and of course my parents did not approve him either. It was a truly huge tiff and it took me months, and still i could NOT convince them of them of my choice.
Against, their choices, i chose to go ahead and get married, and that decision is probably one of the best i have made till today ! I married a wonderful man, who was absolutely opposite of what my parents had advocated all these years. I could wear what i wanted, i could go out with my friends, have fun, buy what ever i wanted .. and i felt liberated – like myself. I was more chirpy, social and i had the freedom to earn or not earn.
Today, as i write this article, i reflect back on what’s really freedom for me is in today’s life ? I will celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary in March 2018 .. so has anything changed ?
Yes, many things – keep reading !
⇒ From being a shy person – i i choose to feel and grow into a bold, confident woman
⇒ from someone who had no clue about what was happening around her – I chose to set the paths right and make informed choices
⇒ from having a negative approach to life – i choose to have a positive outlook to this beautiful life
⇒ from hating or envying everyone because they had more than me – i choose to accept everyone as they are
⇒ from being conscious of people around me – i choose to feel free of any judgement
Choices are what sets us all apart. True freedom lies in the life choices we make for ourselves and our loved ones.
This is my life and i dictate it. I choose to have people in my life who love me, encourage me to push my boundaries. People who see the good in me, when i cannot.
Do You agree ? What is freedom for you ?
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This blog post is a part of #LetsDiscussFreedom Blogathon. I would like to thank Priyanka from mommynshanaya for introducing me. I would now like to introduce Aritra Raj from thelattemom and recommend you to read her views on the prompt, ‘What Does Freedom Mean To You’.