The Fourth of July holiday in the US always brings to my mind thoughts about freedom. As often tends to happen, my mind tends to connect the dots around those concepts in the big sense of the world and how it applies to us as individuals.
Declaration of Independence. Freedom from persecution. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
But often, we find ourselves imprisoned.
And freedom? Darling, the persecution is an incessant buzz in our heads – an ongoing argument between our core self, our inner critic, and that lizard brain of ours that’s trying to keep things the same, even if “the same” sucks.
The pursuit of happiness can sometimes be a quest for looking like we’re cool and having a picture-perfect life (at least within the confines of our digital identity), when behind closed doors, we are exhausted and hanging on by a thread.
In honor of Independence Day, let’s declare our independence from perfection and being in control.
Let’s release the physical clutter that’s distracting us from living and the mental clutter that’s keeping us imprisoned.
Let’s pursue what makes us really happy instead of what we think happiness should look like according to others.
Let’s find sweet freedom in surrender and vulnerability instead of needing to be in control and always strong.
Let us cling to the ideals of true freedom from within. Let us offer ourselves compassion and a modicum of grace.
Let us break the chains we’ve put around our own lives by breaking the rules that no longer apply to how we desire to live.
Let us set away our egos and reach out for help so that we can experience personal liberty.