"She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn't something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water."
The phrase "to be free" is a loaded statement. What does it mean to be free, and have all of us found our freedom? Most of us are fortunate enough to have grown up in a country founded on democracy and freedom, but to be declared free by social standards is, in my opinion, very different from feeling free. In our every day lives we run into a lot of situations where our freedom may feel conflicted whether it be from social pressure, peer pressure, etc. Before we decide or act on something, we almost go through a laundry list of questions we ask ourselves, such as: What will other people think if I do this? How might this decision or action impact myself and/or the people around me? Is this the best choice I could be making? The opinion of others almost weighs just as importantly on our final decision or action as our own opinion. As humans, we tend to see approval from others and we love asking other people, "What would you do?". But to be free means that you are held back by none of these things. To be free means that you always look within first and ask yourself: What do I want? What will make me happy? Is this the choice I want to make? Will this choice lead me where I want to go? How will this decision impact my future? Sure, it's great to ask for a second opinion or to consult a few people on the big decisions in life because yes, other people may have knowledge that you do not. But at the end of the day, no one will care more for your well-being but yourself and in a world where we have been given the chance for freedom, we should wholeheartedly embrace it.