What is freedom?
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition states:
“The quality or state of being free: as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another: INDEPENDENCE…”
Well, yes, that does give an overview of the ways I am searching for freedom. But what about freedom from worry? That one is up to me. I have to determine what I am worried about, then decide what I need to do to eliminate the worry.
Interestingly, many of the ways I feel would restrict my freedom are the same ways others choose to find it. Having a job would me I no longer controlled my schedule. For someone who found freedom a different way, might find a job was the perfect solution for them and their family. They might find freedom from worry over how to pay the bills. They might find the freedom to travel places they had longed dreamed of because they now earned enough money to pay for trips.
I find that I feel constrained and frustrated when I am told I cannot do something. After dealing with some sort of acid reflux/GERD condition, I stopped drinking coffee and switched to tea. I developed a love of hot tea while living in England and return to it on occasion. Now, tea was my hot drink every morning and while I quite enjoyed it, I was frustrated that I could NOT drink coffee without causing physical discomfort. It wasn’t my choice; rather it was done by necessity.
Actually, I did have a choice. I could continue drinking coffee, leading to more physical problems and the need for pharmaceuticals to help with them. That is what I am learning about freedom: sometimes I have to get up what doesn’t matter as much to have what matters more. Giving up coffee doesn’t seem like such a big deal when it means I avoid a daily prescription.
This is my journey of finding freedom in my life, my work, and my health and wellness.