All we want is to be free. Free to choose. Free to live our lives. Free to pursue happiness. But are we truly free? There are so many things that we allow to trap us and keep us imprisoned. Sometimes it's our job. Sometimes it's an unhealthy relationship. And sometimes it's drugs, alcohol or even food. Our lives can get so crazy and so filled with stress. And it's only natural for us to seek out ways to relieve our stress. And sadly, many times we choose those things that end up enslaving us. The comfort that we get from these things makes us think we are doing something to make our lives better. But these comforts are only temporary and usually leave us feeling worse than we did before.
True freedom comes from letting go of the things we think are making us happy, but are actually making us miserable. We think that it is more freeing to be able to eat whatever we want and not have a bunch of restrictions on our diet. But the truth is, you become trapped by the bad food and the bad habits. You become a slave to your addiction. Every day you have to do a whole checklist of things to keep up the addiction. It's a lot of work! Making sure you have ice cream and pizza in the freezer. Or the right alcohol. Or cigarettes. You spend half of your day running errands to make sure you have your comforts. And even though you know you will feel gross afterward, you still sit down and eat that entire pizza in one sitting because you are controlled by your addiction. You may not even want it anymore. It may not even sound good, but it's your only source of happiness so you decide to do it anyway. That does not sound like freedom to me.
True freedom is learning to let go of our addictions. To just let God or the universe take them away from us so we can start focusing on the things that will make us truly happy. Better health. More friends. More love. Getting a dog. Going outside more. Watching sunrises and sunsets. These are the things that make us feel truly free. No longer trapped by an addiction that keeps us at home in front of the TV, we now have the freedom to explore the world. We have the energy to go outside. To travel. To spend time with people. That is the life we truly want. That is freedom!
So true freedom comes from beating these bad habits. Eliminating them and bringing more true joy givers into our lives. For me, it’s time with family, hanging with friends, getting a dog, going to church, spending more time outside and creating original music. See more sunrises and sunsets. Go to more movies. Go to more concerts and Broadway shows. Get involved in community events. Give. Love. Achieve goals. That’s where we find true joy and true freedom. Free from the shackles of our addictions and bad habits. We can truly let them go and not be trapped. Not be blocked from feeling true joy.
True freedom. It's out there. It's right in front of you and all you have to do is grab it. But it comes at a price and that price is the hard work it takes to break these addictions. Bad habits have a way of becoming engrained in our lives and getting rid of them is serious work. It takes true dedication and commitment. But if you can focus on loving yourself and taking care of yourself, then you will start to feel that you deserve better habits. Once you feel you deserve them, then you will have the strength to truly change. It's not easy but it's worth it.
Aren't you tired of feeling trapped? Aren't you tired of not experiencing the joy of being free? You deserve it and you can have it but you have to go get it. No one is coming to save you. No one is coming to take these addictions away from you. It's time for you to look in the mirror and truly face these bad habits. Be honest with yourself. What is holding you back? Name it. Say it out loud. Write it down. And then make a plan to destroy it. Because I promise, once you do, true freedom awaits!