What's Keeping You From Being Free?

What's Keeping You From Being Free?

"You have to be odd to be number one." — Dr. Seuss

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We often relate liberation to freedom, which constitutes an unfortunate correlation. Liberation describes the freedom from captivity or physical restraint. Contrarily, not having liberation would define a physical restriction. Think of this as an individual in prison, who has no liberation. The focus of my writing is to remove the comparison that most individuals place on liberation and freedom. The goal is to define, at a basic standing, how to find freedom and propel toward its entirety. Unearthing the true form of freedom yields the purest mold of success and happiness.

Freedom, an omnisciently restrictive concept, withholds great power. Once found, it allows us to reach fulfillment and proceed to achieve our goals relentlessly. The first step towards achieving freedom is to unleash our minds' power. Sadly, we live in a world that wishes our minds to stay locked down, buried miles behind useless clouds of overwhelming information. Elites of society today place captivity on all of us, wishing us to never break out of the bubble that they contain us in. Society has cultivated a system in which the goal is to bind us down. We are left to become a robot of the system, shutting off all possibilities of exploring the plethora of life.

Being able to free the mind is how we can find ourselves breaking outside of the clouds blockading our vision. Creativity, exploration, and learning find themselves improving our ability to find freedom. It is hard to find at first, but the second we begin finding the light in the labyrinth of clouds, they begin dissolving at an exponential rate. The more we break the bindings placed upon us by society, the more that we can explore.

Connections in and of themselves hold a fundamental truth to all of us, spurring the activation of our mind and truly setting ourselves free. A key to exploration in the world entails connecting with everyone surrounding us. Cultures, communities, people, and everything in between help us connect with life. When we remove ourselves from being a member of the "walking dead," or being a societal robot machine, it allows us to connect with our own lives and search into the deepest parts of the living world. But to be wholly free, we must also find humbleness, roots, and every so often reside in auras of seclusion to hold a discussion within ourselves. The balance between a connection with others and self manifests true freedom.

Once complacency is crushed, our minds surge towards illuminating realms. This starts with deferring our fear and pushing it aside. Relentlessly challenging ourselves to acquiesce to discomfort will help achieve such means. If we find ourselves in a comfortable state of life, it is time to embark further on journeys to push boundaries. Only when we step outside the bubble that society imposes upon us are we able to fully experience freedom.

In the simplest form, freedom is the ability to do and think as we please, to affirm responsibility. As James Baldwin explains eloquently, "Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be." To be disobedient with normality allows freedom of life. Remove restrictions imposed upon yourself, and achieve what you want to. Embrace your journey of self-discovery.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.

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Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation

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I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food

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It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London

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I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars

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If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters

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Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World

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Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language

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If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert

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If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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