It would not be the first time of me sharing a thought provoked by a quote, would it? Nor it would be the first time of me sharing something that I have read from the Brain Pickings. Love what my compatriot Maria Popova is doing there. Something I would do myself, if just a bit smarter and better read.
So “get to the point, what is the said inspiration?”, you’d impatiently say. A quote. It goes like this- “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better”. Fairly straightforward, wouldn’t you say?
But it got me thinking of how true that is. I guess, just like anything else freedom is a social construct, but more importantly, and as such even more often a construct of one’s own head. And it is odd how we tend to take parts of our freedom away, right there, in our head.
From bitter self-criticism, to no productive end, to a random thought of self-restriction such as ” I can’t do this! “, we do take away from our freedom more often than anyone else.
How one’s thought shapes one’s reality has been one of the many obsessions I have with life…and I guess this quote digs in the heart of it. Freedom( or at least an emotional freedom) is to accept one’s self truly, embrace who you are , and then push and believe that you can be better. Sound simple no, but boy it can be so hard. And has so many shades and layers.
I remember once in the past, I was so worried, it was such a matter of life and death(well instilled by my mother) for people to see me as a good person….that at times it simply handicapped me…and then one day, many years later, I decided that instead of worrying of what I may be perceived, I can just be what I want to be seen as. Focus on being….and I felt so much freer. Simple you’d say, but I wasn’t simple for me to get there. On the way, I had to struggle and accept who I am.