What does Freedom Mean to You?

January 19, 2018 in Recovery

This is a topic I was journaling about on Wednesday: what freedom means to me.

The first thing that popped into my head was freedom from the thoughts that sometimes hold me down. I post about some of these on Instagram and stay as vulnerable as I can on social media. I tell the world about the anxiety I have from time to time. The fear I am not doing enough. The little freak out in my head when the barista messes up the kind of milk I asked for. The worries about the future. How challenging it can be to step away from my normal “routine.” I think freedom means being able to stay mindful. Accepting the not so good moments and riding them like a wave- which I have improved upon SO much… but continuing to ride these waves no matter how big they get.

Freedom to me means freedom from what others think of me. I used to let others opinions hold me back and define me. I used to fear people’s judgments of me. Freedom to me does not entail any of this. It’s living a life where other people’s judgments and opinions of myself do not cause me any added stress.

Freedom means living my life for myself: not for other people. It means doing what makes ME happy. Doing a career that makes me happy. Doing activities that make me happy. Doing the things that make my soul feel good.

Freedom entails the ability to step away from any poor relationships because I know I am worthy of more. It means moving away from people or situations the cause me pain, even if I feel like I need to stay and keep trying to mend a relationship. Freedom means walking the other direction and letting go of people from time to time.

Freedom means being 100% myself. Being real with the world and so secure with myself. Wearing what I want when I want to. Wearing clothes that make me happy. Decorating my body with tattoos and piercings because I truly believe it is the most beautiful canvas I’ll own.

Freedom means relying on myself. It means trusting that I will always have a home within myself, for I know I am an independent individual who at any moment can come back to herself and feel at ease amongst the chaos the world presents us with.

Freedom is detaching myself from the beliefs that I am not enough. It is believing I AM enough, I AM whole, I AM worthy, I AM a good person, I AM a beautiful soul.

Lastly, freedom means letting go. Softening my grip and letting every part of myself just BE.

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Now tell me: what does freedom mean to YOU? 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Steph January 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Wow I can’t believe this post!! The maturity the words the meaning you have written in just this one post is absolutely amazing! Freedom! Thanks for such wonderful insight on just one word!!!!! Thanks🤔😀

    • Reply Alyssa January 29, 2018 at 2:07 am

      <3 you, even when we disagree. xoxo

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot January 19, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Great post! Freedom for me is putting my family and myself above other people. Even when it means not being the most awesome co-worker, friend, or blogger.
    Freedom to me is also flexibility and possibilities to do more of what makes me happy.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 29, 2018 at 2:08 am

      freedom= flexibility. love that 🙂

  • Reply Cora January 20, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Everything you’ve said here.

    Freedom to be me, and love that ‘me’ that I am.

    <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 29, 2018 at 2:08 am

      yes. freedom = all the love for ourselves.

  • Reply Kaylee January 27, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    LOVE THIS. Freedom means not going to the gym if I don’t feel like it. Freedom means choosing to stand up for yourself. Freedom means speaking my truth whatever that may be.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 29, 2018 at 2:08 am

      yessss!! i love all that. not forcing workouts, not being afraid to speak up. so awesome kaylee!

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