For those of us here in America, today is our Independence Day – the day we celebrate our freedom.
I’m thankful for the people out there who continue to fight to protect that freedom that we enjoy, and often take for granted, every single day.
With that being said, one of the things that I’ve realized over the last few years in talking to so many readers – is that many of us don’t feel nearly as free as we would like.
We’re extremely fortunate to have our basic American liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion etc – but many seem to feel trapped by the very lives they have created for themselves.
Why is this?
The simple answer I believe, is uncertainty.
I’ve talked about this a lot in the past, but it’s worth bringing up again.
Most people don’t experience the freedom they truly want and deserve in their lives because they’re afraid of the uncertainty surrounding making a change.
Can you relate to this at all?
- How will I pay my bills if I switch to a career that makes me happier?
- I’ve worked my whole live to afford this house and mortgage, there’s no way I could sell or downsize now
- What will my friends and family think if I pursue something that is a little more unconventional?
While yes, here in America we’re the land of the free, but our society also sets us up to follow the traditional path, which can make it feel as though you don’t have as much control over our lives and choices.
While many people simply look at the 4th of July as a three day weekend, as opposed to what it really stands for, I think it is actually an opportunity for many to have a taste of true freedom.
Today in Portland, it’s beautiful out. Thousands of people will go to bbqs, go camping, hiking, go listen to music at Blues Fest, golf – it’s a day where the weather is good, many have the day off, and they can go do all the things they wish they could do more often.
It truly is a day to celebrate freedom, both on a governmental level and a personal one.
My point for all of this, is today, think about your freedom and what it means to you. Answer the question, “do I truly feel free?”
If not, think about why.
There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t consciously think about how fortunate I am to live this type of lifestyle. Sure, I’ve worked really hard to get here, but I can definitively say, it’s been worth it every step of the way.
If there is one thing you could do this week, to get yourself one step closer to the freedom you really crave in life, what would it be?
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