The Pleasures of Freedom

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” ~Moshe Dyan
I’m not talking FREEDOM here, as in liberty and dogma and all that. While that’s incredibly important in life, I’m talking pure freedom of mobility.
Living, as I do, in America’s Northeast, much of the winter, I’ve felt trapped. I’ve gotten out, of course, but it’s been scary and often treacherous navigating. These past few weeks, I’ve been enjoying the feeling of walking out of the house and not being afraid of falling! This seems like such a little thing, but it’s not, really. Not being afraid is freedom.  (And lest you think I’m a bit dramatic, I did fall this winter, once badly enough to break my arm. This was in December, so the rest of the long winter was lived in fear of falling again and causing more damage.)
Today I’m thinking of some of the little freedoms that make life pleasurable: free time to just do what we will; freedom of mobility–a method of transportation that lets us go where we want to go, whether its two heels or four wheels; freedom from want–having a few extra dollars at the end of the week to indulge in something fun.
Sometimes in life it’s the little things, but the little things aren’t really little at all.

About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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