I am not sure why I asked this question in the first place, but the idea of freedom and responsibility has been a consistent theme for me this year. In any case, I hope the answer is useful for you! Have a great weekend ahead.
The first thing to do is to take responsibility for yourself. It is not possible to exercise freedom without being responsible. What does it mean to take responsibility for oneself? You acknowledge that your actions, inactions, words, and thoughts all have consequences and you become prepared to accept these consequences. You begin to understand, also, that these consequences span lifetimes, just as your actions, inactions, etc affect the people around you.
You release from you, the urge to blame other people or things for any occurrence in your life. You accept that everything that happens in your life, you deserve and you resist the urge to lament or complain about it. You respect your right to be who you are without violating that of others. You listen to yourself and refuse to let anyone make you feel bad for doing so.
Focus on riding the waves of life. Appreciate the exhilarating heights, the calming cruises, and the humbling lows. Freedom is about acknowledging yourself and your right to be that self. It is about realizing that you do not need anyone’s permission to be, for even God does not ask you to be anything other than who you are.
Freedom is never letting anyone tell you who you are because you already know it.
Freedom is practice
It is precious
It is also hard work
Because everyone wants your freedom, especially those that are not able to recognize their own.
Your Friends Within.