Freedom, conceptually, is our God-given right. As American citizens, we are free to vote, free to choose religion; we have freedom of speech, and the list goes on and on. If you look up the word “free” in the dictionary, you will find that the meaning is “to emancipate, liberate, and gain independence.” But you might be wondering to yourself, “What does this have to do with being healthier?” Okay, I’ll tell you.
Most of us weren’t given many choices as young children. We were told what to eat, what we could wear to school, or even when to take a bath. When we were children, all those decisions were made for us. As we grew older, what was taught to us as a ritual became habitual, and most of us lived our lives pretty much the same way until we left home for the first time. For many of us, that’s when we went off to college.
This, of course, was the first time most of us could finally live an independent life. We were free to make our own choices and to live by those choices. Autonomy at last.
What influenced our decisions the most was probably the behavior we learned as children. Either you went off on some opposite path out of spite, or you pretty much continued to live as you normally had. Your lack of discipline probably caused your greatest disappointments when you first left home. It’s not anyone else’s fault but your own. You made the choice, of your free will, to live whichever way you chose, or did you? Remember, freedom means to have liberated oneself from familiarity.
We are creatures of habit, so were you free when you made those choices, or did you make them because you were most familiar and comfortable with the outcome? If it was the latter, than I would argue that you were not free at all but rather a prisoner of your habits. Freedom is having the knowledge of all your options and then making decisions based on what is best for your needs. A member of a cult has no freedom. She lives her life according to the ways of her group.
How are you different from a cult member if you’re still living the same way you did as a child? This blog is a journey to freedom. It will totally emancipate you from the horrible eating habits you never knew were bad for you.
It will free you from the way you have been living your life because you “didn’t know any better.”
That old excuse won’t hold up anymore because I am finally offering you a choice to make the decision to live a healthier new life … by exercising your own free will.