Freedom - big, heavy, expansive word. Sometimes it says it all, sometimes used very inappropriately, covering up laziness, intimidation, passive aggression or soreness. But probably never used with light heart, carelessly.
Physical freedom is definitely very important. But in the core freedom is a spiritual, mental state. In my dictionary freedom means ability to choose - from what you see, what you are able to choose, what you are willing to choose, what you aim to choose, what you strive for - also if you allow to make the choice yourself. It also means that along with freedom to choose you also accept the responsibility for the footprint that choice will leave, for the consequences. Also that you accept the possibility that you will not succeed, and that you will be responsible for the bitter consequences of this failure - not only for the sweet consequences of the victory. Also that you accept responsibility that you will be responsible or even guilty, and not anyone else. That choices may be so many that you will stand frozen, unable to consider thousands of possibilities, afraid to toss a coin and just choose anything - and also afraid to admit that you don't have what it takes to make a choice. Oh, how you wish to give away that freedom in a moment like that and give away the guilt to someone else. To have everything clear cut and structured, predictable, without need to think or fail, without need to be responsible.
But such happiness is quite shallow. It is always limited, drying out at the nearest wall. I believe freedom is selfless - to climb over someone is not a freedom, it is selfishness. To do as you wish, as it seems to you, without looking back at consequences - this is not freedom, it is just callous. It is like giving a praise to yourself for being smart and fine. Sad. You cannot pick out bits and pieces that you like from the freedom, it comes whole, or does not come at all. Freedom is a whole different thing.
Happiness that grows from freedom is completely different. Sure, it is scratched, muddy, fallen a couple of times, a little hungry, but smiling from the bottom of the heart, with sparkling eyes and messy hair. Priceless, unmatched, irreplaceable.
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