With the 4th of July just a few days away I’ve been asking myself a very important question:
“Am I living Free”
Am I actually exercising the freedom envied across the globe that was inherent with my birth in this Country?
I could have been born anywhere, but simply because of the latitude and longitude coordinates of where my birth took place, I am an American.
I am lucky. You are lucky.
The privileges we enjoy and the freedom available to us has come at a high cost throughout history and through the contributions of many great men and women.
As a Nation we have made huge mistakes and we are far from perfect today… yet just like each of us our Country is free to make those mistakes.
We are free to try and figure out the best way, pursue what is important and meaningful to us and build the life we desire.
We are free to do those things, but there is no law requiring us to.
We can live in this Country and squander the freedom, pass on the opportunities and take for granted what many people in this world would and have died to have.
To Live Free I believe there are 3 crucial things you must do:
1) Be Grateful
Take a little time to look around at the world and realize just how fortunate we are to be here and have the freedom we have.
Get perspective on what it has cost to have and protect our freedom. We enjoy it today because of those who have come before us.
Express your gratitude. It is easy to sling some mud and voice our opinions about the things that aren’t perfect or just plain broken, but
this should be accompanied by recognizing all that is good.
2) Be You
The greatest thing about freedom is you can be you.
If you have a dream, go out and live it.
If you want to be a certain way, be it.
If you want to do something, do it.
In other words pursue that which makes you happy – makes you feel alive.
To do or not to do, it’s all up to you.
3) Spread it
As I mentioned earlier where you are born is a matter of chance. It wouldn’t make much sense to be born into the privilege this Country
offers and not share it with the rest of the world, or even those within our boarders that don’t fully exercise their freedom.
This can happen in limitless ways, from building a shoe company that supplies children around the world with free shoes (TOMS), to
encouraging your kids to dream big and pursue their passions relentlessly.
It comes in having a dream, a vision, believing that it is possible for you and pursuing it.
I used to look at freedom and the opportunity in this Country through a foggy lens.
I believed that it all existed… just not for me.
Now having launched multiple companies, pursuing my passion daily of helping others find business success and life balance and doing it with no college degree or formalized training I am living it.
I stumble all the time, take things for granted, let the obstacles get the better of me at times.
At the end of the day I want to be able to say that I have freedom, and I lived it the best I could today and thank you to those who have made it possible.
Have a Happy and safe 4th of July!