Freedom - I have always been free ever since I was born.
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FREEDOM I have always been free ever since I was born. My parents never hindered my dreams and my ambition even though they wanted me to be something more than what I wanted to be, they never failed to support my dreams. Freedom differs because there are three levels of it: freedom from, to and for. In my younger years, I did not have much experience on what it is to be free from. Whenever there are parties of my friends, or school trips, I am not usually allowed, and if I am permitted, there is always a condition that I have to bring a nanny. Even just to play outside our very house is a no-no for me. Nevertheless, I am thankful that my parents deprived me of not doing those things and I understand and appreciate their most noble reason of keeping me safe. There was a time when I thought the world would crumble down if I am not allowed to go, but I was wrong....
I experienced freedom to when my parents gave me the right to at least choose some things I am capable of handling at my age. There was an experience wherein I felt freedom to.... I was never hindered from choosing my own course. I often ask my mother what course I should take, she just tells me whatever course I am happy with. With those simple words, she is giving me the freedom to be someone I want to be. Freedom to is a more liberating experience compared to freedom from because it gives the person more meaning in his life and a sense of responsibility. This type of freedom not only makes us choose, it also determines our life or end. It is however, not enough. There is a higher type of freedom. Freedom for is the type of freedom that needs commitment. I am experiencing freedom for since I am committed in serving God as well as my family and friends.
Being free makes a person feel better and relieved. It gives him a sense of worth and responsibility. Freedom from is a very steep level and does not fulfill a person. It is just a short-term freedom, like in my experience, after joining the trip, who knows when I will be permitted again.... Freedom to is related to freedom for. When I am free to be the person I want to be, I commit myself in fulfilling that commitment, therefore, it gives my life meaning. Every individual longs to be free. However, most of the people settle to be free from chains and parents. They do not use their freedom properly, instead of developing their freedom into a more meaningful sense, they prefer to use it for pleasure, not knowing that they will become prisoners of their actions. My experiences made me realize the freedom is not just being allowed to do whatever I desire but it also involves responsibilities and making commitments. 1
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