May 25, 2016

The Freedom Not To Choose


When I was in my early twenties, quarter life crisis hit me hard. So hard that I decided to buy a ticket, pack a suitcase and leave the country for good to see what the other side of the world has to offer. Fast forward to my early late twenties, I decided to come back only to quit my day job completely to try and find my passion for something else entirely. I told you, it hit me that hard.

During both times I was convinced that I was settling for my life and not living any of it at all so I decided to do something about it. I was driven and determined to make it work. But what I didn't know back then is that freedom comes in all forms but not limited to quitting a job you don't like or chasing the sunset from one of the world's beautiful places.

Now that I am almost thirty, I found out that freedom is nothing like I perceived, or expected it to be. However, I'd like to believe it also comes with the territory. When you're younger, you cannot afford to give up on freedom just yet. You crave for it, you wanted it for so long. When you're older though, or at least lived life through 3 decades already, you'll find out that freedom can sometimes come in little and big moments of your life when you no longer have to choose.

You no longer have to choose between quitting your job or climbing that mountain. Or driving your own or taking the Uber. Perhaps if you should go for red lips or nude tones for the day. Freedom happens to you. You'll end up chasing it. You'll even be desperate to hold on to it. Some people try so hard just to have it. But if you are one of the lucky ones, you'll always have freedom within your reach simply because you let it happen to you. With or without. With and within.

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