Every person views freedom differently. For some it is the right to be just themselves , to do things the way they want. Some take it as empowerment to go wherever, whenever they want (most children think this way). For others it is related to the freedom of expression, to think independently and make their own decisions.
What is freedom?
Freedom not only empowers but also adds responsibility. It is not about waiving the national flag and singing the National anthem on a particular day. The nation got independent from foreign rule on a day but the freedom that day brought was lifelong. To be celebrated and lived every single day thereafter. It is not just the soldiers or other uniformed people who are the designated guardians of nation’s independence. The parents and teachers who empower the child to think differently, to succeed in life; every professional/ farmer who works tirelessly to make the nation self-dependent for all the needs and disease free; every school/ college going child are all doing their duty to preserve the national Independence. COVID kept majority of the population confined to the home but did it take away our freedom in real sense? We were still free to think, to decide what is good for us.
Freedom of mind….
During the pandemic I got an opportunity to visit a Dam . As I watched the water gushing out of the open gate of the dam the thought struck me that how the virus is trying to confine the might of the humans within the four walls of the room…but fir how long? The dam can retain the river water to a limit beyond which the gates have to be opened otherwise the water threatens the very existence of the dam which was trying to enslave it. Similar are the human thoughts and human power. For how long can someone or something tame it, it will find its way out and fly free sooner than later.
For me independence is what gives me the right to be just me and the day I give that right to everyone whose life I affect, the true meaning of freedom would be realized.
A video of the dam is attached for your viewing pleasure.