I remember many years back when asked among our friends, which is the one and only thing we desire? Most say they will trade anything for money, some say love, while others have absolutely no clue on what to do with their life. I choose freedom, most of my friends are puzzled. It is like wishing for oxygen when oxygen is free, oxygen and death doesn’t make any sense until you’ve experienced a near death drowning situation.
What is freedom? And I said, I rather be a millionaire with no worries than a billionaire with lots of ‘Court Cases’, you may own a big mansion but worries about being robbed, I rather live in an average house with no worries. Money doesn’t buy you freedom, but freedom cannot be achieved without money either, the question is, how much money does it take to gain your freedom? If the answer is as much money as you can earn, then I have bad news for you, money doesn’t work for you, you work for money – you’re a slave for money.
Anyway, there’s a poem by Lermontov that keeps going around in my head, about a prisoner who finally achieves some happiness when he succeeds in releasing a bird from its cage. The most important thing in life is to chase for freedom, freedom to choose, freedom to associate, freedom from worries, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, religious freedom…
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. – Rosa Luxemberg
The hardest prison to escape is your mind.
Freedom is being you, without anyone’s permission.
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Freedom is never given; it is won. – A. Philip Randolph
I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. – Thomas Jefferson
Be who you want to be, not what others want to see. Be true, unique and free.
The freedom to be yourself is a gift only you can give yourself but once you do, no one can take it away. – Doe Zantamata
The moment we let go is the moment we find freedom. – Rebekah Stephenson
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. – Mahatma Gandhi
The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought. – Leon Blum
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. – Martin Luther King
I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere in the world. Then I asked myself the same question.
Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. – Wayne Dyer
You’re searching so hard, you’ve lost yourself.
Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom assumes responsibility and most people are afraid of that. – Sigmund Freud
The secret to happiness is freedom and the secret to freedom is courage. – Thucydides
Freedom is the power to choose our own chains. – Jean Jacques Rousseau
The minute I stopped caring about what other people thought and started doing what I wanted to do is the minute I finally felt free.
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
There’s no greater freedom than the freedom to be yourself. Give yourself that gift, and choose to surround yourself with those who appreciate you exactly as you truly are. – Doe Zantamata
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. – Tyler Durden
On the other side of fear lies freedom.
The shell must break before the bird can fly.
Paint the sky, make it yours.
Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. – Moshe Dayan
Freedom is found when we let go of who we;re supposed to be and embrace who we really are.
Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.
It’s time to remember what it’s like to feel alive.
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.
Forgiveness is freedom.
Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?
One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.
If you want to fly, give up everything that weights you down.
When you hate something you chain yourself to it. – Steve Maraboli
I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear. – Nina Simone
Freedom is a state of mind.
You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.
I will ride, I will fly, chase the wind and touch the sky.