As part of my slot in this years online pop-up book shop event the other week I asked everyone what freedom meant to them.
The reason why I ask is because I never appreciated what freedom truly meant until I left the abusive relationship I was in. In fact when I came out of that relationship at first I had a time of withdrawal because I was so used to being told what to do and restricted on everything else. I didn’t know what to do with myself and so I admit I went out on nights out and enjoyed myself, some might say I reclaimed my youth back. It has taken me a long time to feel comfortable making my own decisions but I have to say I enjoy making them now. At first I found it overwhelming having choices and at times now I don’t want to make some decisions but the ones I do I thrive for the next. One I struggle with is spending money, I used to have to grovel and try and ask in a certain way to be able to spend money on gifts for occasions. I find that now I want to have no cap and the first Christmas not in that relationship I went wild, I spent on my family as I felt I had to make up for the years I was very restricted. My struggle now is to have complete mental freedom but it is still better then the prison of a home I had before and so my mental fight to have a clear mind, that freedom is even more important to me.
So here is what freedom means to these 10 connections:
Hi Jen I have both of your books and myself have experienced similar things you and others have, freedom means everything. It is like a huge heavy weight inside your heart and on your body has being lifted. Just simple things like been able to eat or leave the house without anxiety was a weight lifted. Thank you for takingthe time to share your story and others stories too. xxxSuzanne Tanner
Freedom for me is being able to have fun with people I enjoy spending time with whenever I want to do thatMichelle Childs
Freedom to me means that I have made the right choices as I have made the bad ones beforeFiona Burnham
For all to live in harmony and support each other no matter what you are, where your from or your beliefs are. Each person is as valuable as the next and deserves the room to flourish. We also owe it to each other to Stand with and speak up for those who cant. Freedom is about all that and also being able to question without fear what is happening in our world. We need to encourage, educate and allow communties to grow and support each and every person be they young or old,male or female,Richard Judd
Freedom means being able to be yourself, without being criticised or made fun of, without walking on eggshells, not knowing what to expect.Helen Pryke
For me, freedom is quite simply just owning myself and not having the worry if I’m living incorrectly!Catherine Broster
For someone to give me a hand + knowing what path to take in life been down too manyJoela PortPow
Freedom to me means I can do what I want to without being judged good or bad for it and looking at how it benefits everyone not how negative effects takeVictor Wright
Freedom to me is the ability to own my decisions – whatever consequences that may hold. To know my life is mine, and if I choose to share it that’s on my terms xHeather Benstead
Please do write what Freedom means to you.
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