Freedom is everything in the world. It is the vision of hills rolling everywhere around you when you step on the top of the summit you’ve been climbing since dawn. The feeling of oneness you feel when lost in your action within the world, be it running, writing, working in the fields, talking with a friend. The glory of seeing a new dawn rising on your corner of Earth, alone in the quietness of the fading night. It is the moment when you feel your heart expanding to the universe, filled with happiness and joy to be simply here and be what you are.
It is the feeling you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. This potential to be whatever you wish to be. To know you can get up tomorrow and choose to be a totally different person from who you used to be. That you can choose a path among those you see in front of you or build your own one. That you can achieve whatever you want, if you set out to do it.
There’s only one condition to keeping that freedom alive, but it is paramount.
You must set out to do it with all your heart. You must entirely throw yourself in whatever you decide to do. No freedom for the half-hearted.
And you must accept the possibility to fail, to fall flat on your face and to be broken down and disheartened. But you must also be ready in your head and heart to get up again, brush yourself up, mend what was broken, and set out again on the road you chose. Again, and again, to keep this freedom alive.
In short, to be truly free in your life is to be determined. To accept the possibility of failure and not be afraid of it, even if it’s your own life you’d involve in the gamble. To use your fears as stepping stones, not as fences, and above all to DARE, to be BOLD and to go beyond the limits you believed were imposed upon you. Be it the physical limits of your body, the intellectual limits of your brain, or the spiritual limits about you, about any God and the world you live in, that you once believed inmovable.
From the moment you commit to your life and your freedom, and set out to do what you truly want with all your heart, the rewards will come, sooner or later. But, above all, you’ll never feel trapped, you’ll never think you’ve reached the end. There’s no end, no arriving. No moment where you’ll feel you can’t go farther. You’ll always be in the reaching, in the discovery, in the enthralling process of unfolding the neverending depths of life and happiness. So much that even when you’ll feel miserable, you’ll be happy by reminding to yourself the urge and the passion which made you get out in the world and try to achieve your dream instead of giving it up, and ultimately give up the life you wished for.
Then, on the day where you’ll have almost forgotten what was your aim, so caught you were in your effort to walk towards it, to build your path towards it, in your commitment to make it happen, on this day it will come to you. And you’ll once more touch the wonder to be fully alive and kicking, and you’ll be convinced again that freedom and life are worth fighting for.
Or so I dare to think and hope, at least.
Dare to believe. Dare to be bold. Dare to set yourself free. Even if you think it's only a dream – just try, and it may become a reality if you pour all your heart into it.
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Gœthe's couplets:
'Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic into it!' "
W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Experience
(The couplet is actually from W.H. Murray's own imagination, not from Gœthe. But this happy mistake is worth remembering.)