What is Freedom?
The topic of freedom is probably something that is harder for me, as an American, to talk about. When am I not free? I can choose to work or not work. Travel or stay at home. Browse to any website I choose (unlike in China). Listen to any type of music I want. Vote or not vote. Vote republican or democratic (or for whoever else). I can eat out. I can eat. Period.
I am free to do whatever I want to do. My life is my own (in a sense). I can choose to become educated or remain uneducated. Etc.
Freedom is the ability for an individual to be who they want to be; who they are.
When do I feel most free in my job?
I do not currently have a typical job. I do work as it comes my way, or as I seek it out. But, back when I remember being chained to a desk I remember feeling most free when I could leave work early on Fridays. I would bust my butt off Monday through Friday and as a result would be ahead of my tasks for that week. Three o’clock would roll around and I would tell my manager that I was leaving for the day. And I did. He didn’t care, as long as my work was finished.
I always remember how free I felt walking out to the full parking lot; getting in my car; rolling the windows down; loosening my tie; and turning the music up as I would drive away. That, was freedom at my job.
In my day?
Currently I am a full-time online student. I am literally at home all day. As this is so, I do begin to feel like my home is a prison, that I’m stuck here studying. Sometimes, though, I get in my car and drive to Starbucks and order a tall black Italian Roast and grab a seat by one of the floor to ceiling windows. I feel the most free during my day studying remotely, away from home.
When is it better to not be free?
This might be obvious, or corny, but I believe it is better to NOT be free when it comes to having laws that say what I can and cannot do, especially traffic laws. I MUST stop at red lights, stop signs, and yes, sometimes at a “yield” sign. I must, for my safety and for the safety of those around me, drive within the speed limit. In these instances, it is best for me, and my fellow-man, to NOT be free to do what I want to do.
What is freedom to you?