For me, it is learning to reframe freedom and appreciate it for what it is. It's not necessarily the right to always do what I want or even make my own decisions.
Freedom is the ability to enjoy my life and be grateful for the small things. The freedom to love whom I choose to love, to work where I choose to work. To laugh in spite of hardships.
For so long, I lived in a depressive state feeling trapped by circumstances. What was really trapping me was my mind. Once I set my mind free, I found the freedom I so longed for.
So many of us create these prisons in our minds and blame the world around us. Our financial status, our marriage or lack thereof, our children, our jobs, our health. Then there are those who live free under all these kinds of constraints.
It's a state of mind. The willingness to say to yourself, I CAN. If you think you can, you can. If you believe you cannot, you cannot.
Take a leap of faith and be grateful for the freedom to stand up out of bed, to take a shower, to open the refriderator and have something to eat. I work with people on the daily, many of whom cannot even get up on their own, go to the bathroom.
I am truly grateful for all God has blessed me with today.
Fantasizing the freedom to live well under any and all circumstances.