What does freedom mean to me?

In this busy world, with so many things to do and so many people to see, it’s easy for a person to feel like they’re never really free. There is always something pressing, something more important than what we were doing before. And when we do get a chance to enjoy some time on our own, the guilt of housework or paying bills can linger in the back of our minds.

So, what’s freedom?

Freedom is a small house in a city with cheap real estate, with a garden for horticulture. The yard is way more important than the house.

Freedom is living in a country which has good number of hours of sunlight, free public healthcare & education system.

Freedom is living in walking/biking distance of shops/communities. Financial independence by minimizing my spending, maximizing my income, and safe, diverse, mostly passive investments.

When I was young, I used to think homesteading off-the-grid and self-sufficiency are the solution. I visited many people who were trying to pull it off. Almost all of them were miserable, and the communities were falling apart. There are better solutions for modern times.

Who’s my role model?

Nobody.

Fuck Bezos, Chomsky, Gates, Marx, Musk, Obama, Rogan, Sanders, and whatever jerk we’re following this week. They are just people. We’re better than perpetuating these cults of personality.

We should be better than to blindly follow people just because they are famous. Instead of supporting celebrities, we should support the causes and values that are close to our hearts.

Good ideas don’t have to be tethered to any one person. When we put all of our hopes into one individual, praise them, and scream their name, they are always going to disappoint us in the end. Because power always corrupts. No human is worthy of worship. You don’t need people to lead you.

Freedom is questioning everything.

People have blinders on. Read a lot of books, but always question what they are saying. When I tell you something, always question me. I might be lying.

Today, the line between truth and fiction is becoming blurred. The internet and social media create a platform for people to have public opinions on any topic they want. With this new found power, some people are using it to make up their own facts, or to take facts out of context for their own agenda.

Never blindly trust people on the Internet—do your own research.

Freedom is enjoying the process instead of focusing on your goals.

You will most likely discover in the end that the goals were mirages anyway.

You might have heard the phrase “if you live for your goals, you will die by your goals.” This saying is based on the idea that if someone is too focused on their goal and not enjoying the process, they will burn out before they reach their goal.

Freedom is happiness.

Happiness is a state of mind distinguished only by its contrast with unhappiness.

You can only be truly happy if you are self-aware, mindful, and self-actualizing.

These three qualities are essential to happiness. If you are self-aware, you know who you are and what you want. If you are mindful, your thoughts and feelings are in the present moment. And if you’re self-actualizing, you’re constantly evolving.

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