Freedom

flag with lady liberty symbols of freedom
Freedom comes in many different forms, here in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering all that gave us our freedoms. Memorial Day is a day to thank people who have served, but more importantly those who have given us the most incredible gift of their life because they believed our freedom was worth fighting for. I am so very proud to tell you that my nephew just enlisted in the Air Force, he still thinks this country is worth fighting for. I am writing this article as we are starting to go into Memorial Day weekend so I am thinking about freedom and all that it means.

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices, today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”
-Kevyn Aucoin

Here in the United States we have freedoms that other parts in the world do not have. We can voice our opinions without fear. Okay, if you are on social media, that might be another story. But by law we are allowed to speak. We can also marry who we want. I happen to think one of the best things is that people with disabilities can do anything they want. We also have access to so many things that so many people around the world do not.

This is going to sound odd, but when I lost my sight I found it freeing. I now feel like I am released from many of the “social norms” many people abide by. I now walk up to someone and talk to them, my white cane gave me some kind of power to ask for help. Before becoming blind I would almost never ask for help, but now I ask for help all the time. I used to think of it as a sign of weakness. I now know and understand it is actually a sign of strength since it takes courage to ask for help.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
-Nelson Mandela

Alas I am getting away from our theme of freedom. The world is going through so much chaos right now and there is so much hate. Honestly I do not understand all the hate and killing just to make a point. Even though Memorial Day is a remembrance for the United States to remember and honor those who gave their lives for freedom, let us invite the world to share in our holiday and remember everyone that has been killed this year. I would list all of the senseless attacks that have occurred, but there are too many. I feel like I needed to add the quotes in this article since I feel like they can help me make my points even better, so in conclusion I have saved the 2 most powerful quotes, which I hope you will share for the end.

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the
light.”
Helen Keller

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let’s listen to Helen Keller and Martin Luther King Jr and send the world light and prayers that the terrorists will not be able to take our freedoms away Help us show them that love will overcome hate every time.

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