22 May

Freedom life

For many weeks I have been contemplating the meaning of freedom for me…I’d love to be able to say I completely believe in the sentiments above.  I’ve come to realise more and more that it is only a partial reality.

As a small child of around 3yrs freedom meant climbing to the top of the old cherry tree at the bottom of the garden, hiding amongst the leaves of the thinnest branches completely out of the reach of my parents and my brother.

From 5yrs onwards my freedom was books, what would I have done without that escape I truly don’t know!

As a young teen freedom meant completely disappearing within my own mind closing off all my senses and all realities that I did not want to explore (dissociation).   As an older teen it meant climbing aboard my motorbike and just riding into the sunset mostly ending up at standing stones in remote places.

As a mother in my 20s those options no longer were available to me as I had begun to realise that MY freedom came at the expense of the ripples affecting my babies who needed me so I withdrew partially whenever I could into my worlds of literature and music.  When the children got older it was climbing in the craggy rocks of Derbyshire/Yorkshire.  You learn to *trade off* your desires because your decisions and desires impinge directly and indirectly on the lives of those around you…do you have the right to put your freedom first?

Incidentally this was also a convenient cop out to use to stay in an abusive partnership but that’s a whole different story.

What about freedom of thought then?  There is no such thing I believe! How can we have complete freedom of thought when we are surrounded by social conventions, cultural conventions and our own personal preferences?  It would be completely arrogant to think that they do not affect us either positively or negatively but we can make choices as best we can despite these things.

When some friends knew I was contemplating freedom I was sent a variety of quotes:

There are two freedoms-the false, where a man is free to do what he likes;the true,where he is free to do what he ought. Charles Kingsley.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety – Ben Franklin

There is much truth in them that aligns with my thoughts… Do we stay content  with the restrictions that our gvt or organisations place upon us when the dawning that true freedom is an oxymoron?  I don’t believe so… the onus is on us to do as much as we can to ensure that as many people as possible have as much freedom as is possible to live their lives in peace.

Some are silenced when they dare to try and inform people about the restrictions on their *freedoms* that are being placed upon them by our gvt and other institutions… My question is what happens when those who were silenced begin to shout?

freedom responsibility

What greater freedom do we have than to choose, within our limitations, to stand with those who would help us achieve this goal?

Howling wolf

My conclusion?  there is no true freedom yet let us fight together for the limited freedoms we have!

One Response to “#Freedom”

  1. Y. A. Bolton Jun 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Brilliant Jules, and much of what I think myself. Slowly but surely (and most are not even seeing this) our freedoms are being eroded away. And if those of us who are witnessing this, don’t speak out, for fear of being ridiculed or whatever, then we are just as guilty of doing nothing and we cannot use ignorance as an excuse! Much love to you xx

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Glebe House Garden

My week to week gardening diary

Life on both sides of the cell door

The story of my time working for HMP and then becoming a prisoner

Slavery was bad, okay?

These are the sorts of conversations I'm having in the 21st century. So I'm writing some of them down here for you.

Nathan Lee Davies

Author, poet, blogger and disabled activist

Counter Information

Uncovering the mainstream media lies

secular detective

Attempting a rational exploration of the issues of our time

Katyboo1's Weblog

The random jottings of a woman called Katy

The Heritage Journal

The Journal has been maintained since March 2005 to promote awareness and the conservation of the incomparable but often-threatened prehistoric sites of Britain, Ireland and beyond.

Stop UK lies & corruption

Can you afford not to see what your leaders are up to?

Expat In Bacolod

Stephen Bentley - Writer

Nick Lyall Raptor PPDG

Blogs from the Chair of the National Raptor Persecution PDG

TIm Lott's Writing Blog

Thoughts on writing fiction and being around on the planet

Bramble Garden

Country gardener nurturing people, plants - and wildlife


The strong tree bends and does not break--Laozi

F Yeah History

History...but better


Mainly a blog site about the rights and wrongs of Policing. Mainly.

Lothar Birkner

the author Lothar Birkner writes about literature and current topics

Robin M. Eames

poet, historian

Belfast Child

Remembering the Victims

The Chi Gardener

Channelling my chi energy, through the power of plants.


The Culture Of Now


Breaking News, Sports, Entertainment & Shopping

The Mindful Gardener

The sensory pleasures and earthy delights of gardening.

Ed Mayo's Blog

the power of co-operation

adrenalin ghosts

dreams and thoughts

Read After Burnout

Adventures in Everyday Madness Continuing

Duckweed Gardening

Sustainable backyard production of duckweed for feed, fuel, and fertilizer

Wetlands Steve

heritage and wildlife engagement.

Morgan S. Ray

Breaking The Rules

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Curated News and Information on Chronic Pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome


Reshaping Our Democracy

Dramatic Debi

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


My family and friends living with me.....and chronic illness


A disabled insomniac who crafts!!!!


The pretty good books of Susan Larson

There are still battles to be fought

A periodic blog on matters health, union, social justice, and the occasional random rant


Where discussion starts.....


Discovering we don't think inside the box or outside the box. We don't even know where the box is

Discordant Daydream

A vent of life's problems and delights

Grenfell Action Group

Working to defend and serve the Lancaster West community


Notes from a wildlife-friendly cottage garden

Vox Political

politics for the people

%d bloggers like this: