What Does Freedom Mean To You?

What Does Freedom Mean To You?

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who doesn't want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. - Eleanor Roosevelt.


What is freedom? The Oxford dictionary defines freedom as the power to act, speak or think as one wants. 


Freedom to a prisoner is spending a day out in the open. Freedom to a teenager is being able to do what they like, freedom to a person who's often ignored or snubbed is being able to speak his/her mind freely. Freedom to a woman bound by the shackles of societal norms is breaking free from it and taking a stand for herself.


I remember watching a movie in my childhood in which one of the prospective grooms who comes for the traditional bride seeing promises to give the prospective bride full freedom in case they get married.


I was around fifteen back then and I felt that the whole idea of giving freedom to someone is absurd. Freedom isn't a gift to give. Every individual is born with freedom. It would suffice if no one snatches away the freedom of another person.


The other day I heard a teenager yell at his mom and say that he has the freedom to speak and do whatever he wants. He said, "My Life, my choice."


I smiled and thought that he must be going through the teenage blues we all had once gone through. He's in that phase of life where one feels "I'm okay, you're not okay".


But I wished to tell him that freedom is not just about following your will. With freedom comes rights and with rights comes responsibilities. So while exercising our freedom of following our heart one should be responsible enough to not hurt anyone with their words.


My mom always said, " A person who doesn't fulfil his responsibilities must not talk about his rights."

I was tempted to explain all this to the teenage boy but I had stopped myself as I felt that he wouldn't understand. His age was to be blamed.


Let us exercise our freedom and free ourselves from the superstitions

Let us exercise our freedom and free our minds of negative thoughts.

Let us exercise our freedom and free ourselves of our expectations.

Let us exercise our freedom and free ourselves of the shackles of societal norms.

Let us exercise our freedom and stop ourselves from being crushed under the weight of judgements.

Let us exercise our freedom for doing good deeds.

Never misuse the freedom that you are bestowed with. Fulfil your responsibilities, exercise your rights, don't hurt anyone and live a happy, peaceful and robust life.


Happy Independence Day


Author's Note

When I had come across the prompt express what freedom means to you in less than two minutes on the Facebook page of The Pink Comrade I decided to pen this blog. Video compilation is not my forte so I chose to blog as a medium to express my views.


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Latha

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