Are you free?
I find that many people play this game of life bound in chains. They rattle around this world like Marley’s ghost. They are simply just not happy. They are constantly adding new links to their chains, and wonder if there isn’t something better around the next bend. Therein lies the problem; they spend a lot of time wondering, and very little, if any, time peeking around the bend.
It’s really not their fault, though. They have been programmed that way. They have always let someone tell them what to think, what to do, and how to act. In doing so, they have forfeited any hope of being truly happy by thinking for themselves.
How many of us at one time or another has heard “Don’t question authority”? Really? Bow to the power? Hasn’t the “power” ever let you down? Hasn’t the “power” ever disappointed you? Is the “power” infallible? My answers would be, yes, the “power” has let me down, yes, the “power” has disappointed me, and no, the “power” is not infallible. That’s why I never let authority go unquestioned. Hence, I do not allow authority to have free-range control over me.
It’s been drummed into our heads that we should do the things that are safe; to live by a formula that has keep millions of people in unhappy bondage for centuries. Learn your structured lessons and find a good paying job so you can support the family that is surely in your future. Bind yourself to these things so you can buy the big house and a couple of fancy cars. This will fulfill you; this will make you happy.
And maybe it will, maybe that is what you were made for. On the other hand, it could leave you pretty hollow and empty if it all comes crashing down, and if you never developed the ability to think for yourself. If you never questioned the fallibility of the formula, you will probably feel like a failure. Most likely there will still be people around you who will be more than happy to help you with that, too. Misery loves company.
Robert Frost was absolutely correct in that quote up top there: “Freedom lies in being bold”. The first step towards boldness is to learn to trust in your ability to think for yourself. Formulate your own formula. March to a different drummer if you must. Peek around the next bend, and if what you see excites you, round it. The shackles and chains that bind you to your unhappiness will begin to dissolve, and freedom will come into view. You will soon begin to see that you can easily adjust to whatever life throws your way. Feel free to be you.