Freedom Isn’t Free
We live in a country that emphasizes individual freedom but that doesn’t mean freedom doesn’t come at a price. There seems to be an enormous, invisible rule book that we, as members of society must follow, otherwise we risk being ostracized not only by strangers, but possibly even by those we love. To dare to be different and step outside the rigid mold society has set comes along with the possibility of living with the pain of standing alone. It takes true courage to be a free thinker. To stand up for what you believe with great passion knowing well that going against the grain can hurt. As we learn and grow we sometimes find ourselves in a double-bind. If we remain quiet about our true selves and conform we will never be truly fulfilled and there is no pleasure in living the life someone else has chosen for you. If we speak up and remain persistent we may lose the approval of someone we deeply care about. At the end of the day you must ask yourself, which pain hurts more; the pain of an unfulfilled life or the pain of forging your own path. I believe we were put on this earth to create ourselves. Everyday is an opportunity to learn and grow. Take nothing at face value but investigate and choose for yourself. Life is not a one-size fits all category. It is instead a journey and although I believe we should be allowed to be whomever we want, (as long as we are not causing harm to ourselves, others or the planet) that is simply not the way our world works. Question everything and always be informed. For it is easy to follow the crowd, it is hard to transcend but life isn’t about taking the easy route. Freedom takes courage.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. ~ Walter Bagehot