DailyBlog : How To Describe Freedom

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For the sake of blogging and self-exploration and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list.

Today’s question: How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words?

In my own words, I would describe freedom as weightless, coasting in the air, being fully in the moment without being burdened by your past, or pulled in any direction by your future. Freedom only comes in the fleeting moments between the influences of your past and expectations of the future. When they do come, I try to embrace and enjoy them, and that can be tricky because if you consciously try to force yourself to be in the moment, you’ll naturally let your past and your future weigh you down. (Like saying to someone, “Don’t think about the color red!” What are they going to think about?!).

A lot of people say that freedom is when you’re finally “over” something or someone (aka “free” of it), but I don’t think that’s really possible. Our emotions aren’t linear. Several years past losing someone I loved, most days I feel like I’ve moved on and I’m confident and happy and content with how things are, but the past sometimes does sneak up on me, and moments where those memories trigger the feelings I had back then sometimes blindside me. No, freedom is definitely not steady, it just comes and goes and all you can do is try to figure out how to relish each moment of its presence.

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