Thursday, July 4, 2013

Freedom Every Day


     Happy 4th of July!  OR Happy Independence Day!  Which do you say?  We can only say Happy 4th of July one day a year, but because of some very brave and heroic people, we can say Happy Independence Day every day!

     The definition of independence is "not subject to control by others; self governing."  We celebrate our independence today, but we are blessed to be independent everyday.  What does that mean to you? 

     To me, it means that I can live my life the way I choose to.  I have the power of making choices all day long.  I can choose to make positive decisions or I can choose to make life a little harder for myself.

     When we think about today we remember what we learned in history.  We know the significance of the holiday, but I think we should recognize the importance of our freedom.  We have the freedom to make our lives what we want them to be.

     Freedom means something different to everyone.  As women, we are free to either fend for ourselves or support each other.  There are limitations when we keep ourselves independent of others.  On the other hand, there is such a special sense of freedom when we allow ourselves to help and support one another. We break down walls and can truly enjoy the trials and tribulations of being a woman.  It is okay to make mistakes and need help.  As long as you can have a sense of humor about it, it can be very liberating.

Here are a few quotes from some very influential women:

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
―    Gloria Steinem

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
―    Coco Chanel

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
―   Charlotte Bronte

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
―   Toni Morrison
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
―   Toni Morrison
“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”
―   Toni Morrison 
“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
―   Mary Wollstonecraft
“When I was little and running on the race track at school, I always stopped and waited for all the other kids so we could run together even though I knew (and everybody else knew) that I could run much faster than all of them! I pretended to read slowly so I could "wait" for everyone else who couldn't read as fast as I could! When my friends were short I pretended that I was short too and if my friend was sad I pretended to be unhappy. I could go on and on about all the ways I have limited myself, my whole life, by "waiting" for people. And the only thing that I've ever received in return is people thinking that they are faster than me, people thinking that they can make me feel bad about myself just because I let them and people thinking that I have to do whatever they say I should do. My mother used to teach me "Cinderella is a perfect example to be" but I have learned that Cinderella can go f*** herself, I'm not waiting for anybody, anymore! I'm going to run as fast as I can, fly as high as I can, I am going to soar and if you want you can come with me! But I'm not waiting for you anymore.”
―   C. Joybell C.
“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.”
―   Madeleine Albright


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