The Desire For Freedom: Break The Chains That Bind You

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights. The desire for freedom is natural for everyone. If you are breathing, chances are, you want to break free from some constraints that somehow limit you. Whatever it is, I still have not met a person who does not want to be free from something. 

For me, I desire to gain financial independence. I want to break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. I want it, not just for me but also for my daughter. You see, the more stable my finances are, the more time I can spend with her. I can afford to take some days off to take care of her. Or at least, that is what I believe.

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It is funny because I was just looking at my bank statement earlier. I thought to myself how far I had come. A few years ago, I was practically begging for money to save our home. I may not have an immediate solution to keep our house right now. But at least now, I have somewhere to go when the worst happens.

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Looking back, I came a long way in my desire for financial stability. From asking for spare change from strangers on the internet, I now have a positive net worth. On top of that, I finally have a job that I enjoy doing. And in a few weeks, I will get to clear my credit card debt. 

I also have a small bookshop and lend money to friends for a slight interest. In short, everything is going well for me. I do not know for how long, but I intend on making the most out of it. 

Regardless, my desire for financial freedom is still far from over. I still have to work twice as hard and twice as long. 

The Desire For Freedom

Limitations and constraints are facts of life. And the desire to break free from those constraints is human nature. After all, who would want to confine themselves to a box? 

All our lives, our experiences taught us to be content. You cannot always get what you want. I would say that contentment is necessary to prevent you from throwing yourself off a cliff. But, if you really want to get somewhere or be somebody in life, you need desire. 

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For most people, happiness comes at the moment of release from constraint. It is for the same reason why most celebrate with a beer after a rough day at work. Without restraints, there would be no desires. And, without any desires, there would be nothing. 

Why Do We Reject Desire?

If desires were so great, then why do some people reject them? I speak from my experience – I do not speak for everyone. But from where I am standing, people tend to close themselves out when faced with rejection. You see, there is no rejection if there is no desire. You have no reason to feel rejected if you do not desire anything. 

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But the thing is, you would not know unless you try. And if you shut yourself out, you cannot try.

What If You Tried, But It Is the Same Thing Over Again? 

The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Most think that success is linear. It is not as simple as if you want something, you come to get it. With desire, you sometimes take prerequisites and detours. And, when things happen over and over again, you can try two things. You can either change the circumstances or change the way you see the situation. There is no other way besides those.

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Let us say that you are in a toxic relationship with a friend or a spouse. You can change the relationship and look for something worthwhile. Or, you can focus on yourself and have a renewed perspective on the relationship. 

Regardless of what life taught you, desires are great motivators. It is what drives you to the life you want. And without any limitations, there would not be any desire. So, learn to acknowledge the chains that bind you and embrace your desires!

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So, there you have it, my take on human desire. I hope you enjoyed it. Do not hesitate to write a comment. I would appreciate it. See you again next week! Do not forget to hit the like button and subscribe to this blog. 

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  1. One thing I have seen in my work both as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as having worked in a lock down setting is that freedom is a state of mind. When we can find freedom within the confines of the constraints the mind places on us, that is a true measurement where freedom and desire meet. Thank you for this exploration and reminder of this dynamic.

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