Obligation To The Freedom You Have
Freedom can be defined differently depending on the stage of life you’re in:
- At 10, you want the freedom to ride your bike down the street
- At 16, you want the freedom to take the keys and drive.
- At 21, you want the freedom to have a drink or two.
- In the middle ages, some, not you of course, want the freedom to dress, drink and act like their 21 again.
- As we become elderly, you’ll fight like crazy to keep your driver’s license because you know that’s the last sign of freedom you can hold on to.
Freedom properly defined is the state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily. It’s the power to act without hindrance. It’s the absence of being controlled by a particular undesirable thing.
The Opposite of Freedom
When we feel that there is a lack of movement in our lives, we feel our health is failing. And when our health fails, we become sick. And when we become sick, we lose the ability to do things. In essence, you lose your freedom to move.
The Key to Freedom:
The key to freedom is being healthy enough to show up daily to complete your mission. Regardless if your mission is leading a company, getting the kids off to school, volunteering, or cooking a healthy meal for your family, good health carries with it a sense of obligation.
When you make decisions that lead to a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, it shows you’re committed to contributing to your culture, community, and family.
Freedom is having the ability to make choices.
Forrest Gump wisely chose, “When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.”
We have the same ability to choose differently. We can choose to:
- establish an earlier bedtime, even though everyone else stays up till 10:00 pm.
- double up your order of veggies at home, at a working lunch or dinner with friends or clients,
- limit yourself to one drink at night, regardless of how many emotions you need to offload.
- train with tomorrow in mind, grasping the fact that recovery is the most underutilized pillar of sustainable health.
- continuously grow and get better throughout life instead of just accepting that’s just what happens when you get old.
You and I have been blessed with more freedom than we realize. Signer and songwriter, Jim Morrison, summed up freedom best:
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
Enjoy celebrating the 4th.
As always, here to help.