Updated: Mar 7, 2021
For 9 months you have floated being totally blissful and carefree. Do you remember? No? Use your imagination. It gives me a feeling of FREEDOM at its best.
We were born and raised with love and affection, most of us I hope. At the age of 3 or 4 our parents started taking us to school. For approximately 20 years we have spent around 7 to 8 hours in classrooms. This is called education. As a brave child you listened to your parents and followed their guidance. They were the ones to introduce you to this world; to show you how things are done. After graduation it's expected from you to become a member of the working class. Once you succeed there, it is time to ‘settle down’ and start a family.
The picture is pretty clear huh? Go to school, get a job, get a house for which you might have to pay 30 years, pay the monthly bills, have some beer, watch a movie and repeat until you retire. This might not be the same for everyone, but this is what the majority of people have to go through in this modern civilized world. I am not sure about how you felt reading all of this, but I’ve had years of some sort of lingering sadness within me because of this specific design of life imposed by others. I’m sure this is not something we would gloat about if some otherworldly beings would get a tour on this planet. I mean, I would be embarrassed to talk about the fact that we consider ourselves the smartest of ‘animals’ and yet we have glorified our survival to a point where we need 20+ years of education to have a job so we can afford some food and shelter. Let this sink in for a while.
Let’s have a closer look. Who created this system? Someone must have decided all of this right? I mean at some point in history some leaders must have decided for the rest of the world that this is the path which everyone has to follow otherwise, you’re either called a hippie, rebel or outcast. Many disruptive innovators are fighting against the norm to be heard & seen or to be discovered, so they can create a different world. You would ask yourself: Why is there even a need to create a different world? Take your time and reflect on this for a while.
There is no harm in following a herd if everyone is going towards happiness, fulfillment or contentment. If it’s otherwise, then we have to evaluate where we are headed. It's important we understand the concept of freedom.
According to the Oxford Dictionary ‘FREEDOM’ means:
‘Unrestricted use of something.’
‘The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.’
‘The state of not being subject to or affected by something undesirable.’
Now looking at these definitions, it’s hard to say that we are free. We are definitely imprisoned since more than 80% of our life is predetermined before we are born. We are subject to the rules of the governments. We are affected by the excessive drive of this major economic engine created by those before us. We should be aware that there must be other possibilities besides the current system.
That is the first step, AWARENESS.
If we look at the uninfluenced desires, intentions, feelings, thinking and actions of an individual, then we can conclude what the heart longs to express. Every individual has a blueprint of their purpose within the deeper layers of their heart. A simple technique to reflect might help you to realize what your heart desires to attain.
If you had enough money or if there was no need to work for it, what would you do with your life?
What would you do to make the world a better place?
What do you do when you are alone?
What makes you happy?
What fills your entire being with joy and contentment?
What topics excite you to talk about with your close ones?
What are your interests and hobbies?
How would you like to be remembered once you are no more?
Once you have a proper overview of what you really want to do, you will notice that you can work your way towards this new life of freedom & fulfillment. Real freedom can start only in your mind. Once you zoom out and see what your place in this world is, then you will come to realize that life is indeed short and you would not want to waste following a path which does not bring you the inner fulfillment and satisfaction you really desire.
Many people are following their heart already. You can be one of those strong rebels too. With the necessary knowledge, guidance, insight, tools, methods and a well balanced lifestyle, it is possible to live a life of total FREEDOM.
Written by Satish Sewgobind