ARE U & ME FREE?
Freedom… yup, it sounds like so much of mental relief to say that word. Freedom…yes the word in itself is exciting. A word powered by positive vibes, energy and liveliness.
The first thought that comes to my mind on using this word is… freedom from what??? …
I often question myself am I free… free to do what I feel like… free to get wet in the rain..free to hug someone… free to tell someone I love u… free to run to that last corner of the world…free to just not do anything… free to eat anything without bothering how much weight I will put on… free to love whoever I want to… free to fall in love… free to just run backwards… free to do things which I dream of…
Well!!! certainly I am not free… I am chained… all the time… by society… which ironically is my creation… by my loved ones… by my management… by my colleagues… by my neighbours… by my monetary condition… by my teenage children… by what others think… the list is endless…
Yes, when we talk of freedom most of us right from childhood have understood it in the patriotic way… yes… there we are free… free from foreign hands… but am I in my individual capacity free ???
I am talking of freedom not in a broader perspective but as it applies to me…
To me, freedom means each moment, of each day, of every year, I can do
all things, or at least try all things that I desire. To me, freedom
means being able to show sadness, happiness, and anger in public. To
me, freedom means feeling safe, confident and secure in my country.
Freedom is being able to have a voice and to let it be heard. To me,
freedom means having the right to make my own decisions and choices
Freedom is the ability to live my life as I want, without modifying myself for the benefit of society.
I feel that the perception of freedom undergoes changes with every stage in life. At least mine has. At 6 I just wanted to play & watch tom & jerry. At 12 going for a school trip would define living freely. At 18 going for overnight parties was freedom. At 21 it was just flying high…
Now that I think about it “freedom” is not just going out for a trip or choosing a career or choosing your partner. Freedom is much more than that. Freedom is to be free from apprehensions, inhibitions, discriminations, thoughts of jealously or pulling people down and most importantly to be free from one’s own past.
Freedom is to live in the present. Past always stops us from doing a lot of good for ourselves. Past gives us instances that many a times stops us from doing something or trying something new. Past experiences & lessons from them are important, but that should not be used as a barbed wire that stops us from venturing new areas of life.
Freedom is not a term which we should start thinking about during Independence Day or Republic Day but it is something that is relative, it varies from person to person and changes with time .
In short: If you want to change me, just leave me alone. If you want me to change, then show me something I’ve never seen before. I might just modify it myself. Otherwise, I’m good.
That is what freedom means to be: the right to be me…
Give it a thought… Are U free???
August 16 2008 11:55 am | life