Freedom is the condition of not having any restraints. That means you can do whatever you choose to do without anyone or anything interfering or forcing control over you. Being free is a wonderful feeling and the best way of life.
In the United States of America, July 4th is called Independence Day. It is set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which is when the United States declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. We are no longer ruled by a King or Queen. Instead, we are to be ruled by the people.
Freedom, however, has a cost.
I think that people often take freedom for granted or they misinterpret exactly what freedom means. Freedom isn’t the absence of responsibility or rules. Instead, freedom provides the opportunity of choice, but it doesn’t eliminate consequences of the choice.
The Choice – The Cost
Living in a free country allows us to have so many opportunities. Some of our choices include:
- The place we live
- Food we eat
- Mode of transportation
- Number of children
- Spouse, Companion, Partner
- Clothing style
- Place of employment
The list consists of just a few of the things where we extend our freedom of choice. Our right to choose comes with a high price. Every day there are men and woman who uphold our freedoms and defend our country. The people in our military serve our country with their time, talents, energy and too often, they also have given their lives.
On the other hand, there are also military people who are still living, but were wounded while protecting our freedoms. They return home without body parts or body parts that no longer work properly. We should all honor our military men and woman by recognizing the fact that it is because of their continued service that our country remains free.
My Final Thought
We have choices because we are free.
We have consequences because we make choices.
At this point, I realize that I have lived more than half my life already. A large part of my life now is the result of my past choices. Thankfully, I have made a lot more good than unwise choices. Although a few of my choices were doozies, I’ve learned from every experience. I also realize that my choices and consequences affect other people and that is why I try so hard to “get it right” even at the expense of myself.
Since I am on the edge of a new chapter in my life, today I look back with thankfulness that I am me. I have freely given my time, talents, money and love to my daughter. I am grateful for all the opportunities this country afforded me while raising Alyssa. As Alyssa spreads her wings to become independent, I hope that she will make wise choices and always appreciate the wonderful gift of freedom.
May God always bless my friends, family and this wonderful land that I love…America the Beautiful.