What Does Personal Freedom Mean to You?

How does personal freedom manifest itself in your life?

To some, freedom means driving a car 150 mph, to others it’s a million dollars in net worth. Not to me. To me, freedom is having enough slack in your schedule to be spontaneous. To move on a moments notice. To control your time. That’s freedom.

To me, personal freedom means:

Spending an afternoon teaching little boys how to skip rocks across Nine Mile Creek.

Showing little boys how a Beaver can drop a hundred foot tree with persistent effort. (And not to worry if you grab your crotch in a picture when you’re 3. It’s the only time you’ll get away with it.)

To me:

  • Freedom is the sound of a 1969 Dodge Charger.
  • Freedom is bacon and eggs fried over a campfire.
  • Freedom is smores and ghost stories.
  • Freedom is posting about your kids.

What does freedom mean to you?

8 thoughts on “What Does Personal Freedom Mean to You?”

  1. I really enjoyed this post! It has been an interesting day and you really just allowed my to get back on track mentally. It is always a wonderful time when you can take a moment and reflect back on why we do the things we do. I appreciate you. Thanks and have a spectacular day!

  2. I loved this post, Steve its funny how kids bring you right back to what its all about. For me freedom is in having a choice over the thoughts I have

  3. The small world of the internet never ceases to amaze me. I grew up in the Twin Cities more than 30 years ago, and 9 Mile Creek ran through our neighborhood. I spent many days playing on, in, and around that creek. Good to see parts of it still look very much the same.

    Sure brings back memories…

  4. to me, personal freedom is driving my own car where and when i want to, working all day without someone commenting that i don’t live life,being childfree and understanding this world through physics and cell biology without needing religion in order to explain it.

  5. Freedom to me is eloquantly summed up by the immortal words of John Galt in Ayn Rand’s, “Atlas Shrugged”: “I promise, by my life and love for it, that I shall never live for another man or expect another man to live for mine”. Freedom, at its root, is to not have to contribute to a welfare state.

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