After a long break, I salute you with one of my favorite words: “Freedom”. The word that William Wallace did not hesitate to spend his final breath on by shouting it out, the word which inspires hundreds and hundreds of songs: FREEDOM.

What is freedom then? It’s defined as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.” I personally believe that each one of us naively tries to live their lives as per this definition, but do we really succeed in? Do we really live, decide or act as we want without depending on or being affected by others?

A glimpse to my past shows me undeniably how many times I voluntarily gave up on my freedom, how many times I valued others way of thinking by ignoring my wills, how many times I let them decide for me and worst of all how many time I allowed them to lead my life. Today, I am so thankful for those times when I gave away the rudder of my ship because each time I took it back I grabbed onto it stronger than ever. Taking my rudder back made me love myself better and cherish my freedom.

Who can know better what I need if not the only one who never leaves me alone, myself? Probably because of this reason I cannot remember those giving ups as mistakes. As Robin S. Sharma said, “there are no mistakes in life, only lessons”. Thanks to my giving ups I can treasure my freedom today. After all, we have to struggle with the winds, waves, storms anyway, do we really need to fight with other ropes as well? Seriously?

So before the first month of this years comes to an end let’s take a moment to know ourselves better. Let’s focus on what we want and why we want it; because it’s where our personal freedoms lie: to know what we want and why we want it and to alter our course accordingly.

“What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

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