The Art Of Embracing Freedom As A State of Mind

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Illustration by awer _

Freedom as a state of mind is an art that few capture.

Freedom is baring your scars, your flaws, your imperfections, your bad habits, to the world and saying, “THIS IS ME! THIS IS HOW I AM! Take it or leave it! I AM FREE TO BE MYSELF. I am free to be scarred, I am free to be flawed, I am free to be imperfect. I am free to make mistakes. I am free to amend them. I AM FREE!”

There will always be people who’ll look at you and sense your inner freedom and they’re writhe with envy.

Don’t be threatened by them.

They’ll say and do ANYTHING to make themselves feel unchallenged, to make themselves feel “RIGHT”, because their view is how “everybody” is. Whereas, YOU, you are different. You have a mind of your own that is free of the opinions of others and they don’t get how that can even exist.

They’re unaware of such a state of freedom.

They only thing they know about freedom, is their right to use hate speech and illogical and unnecessary criticism.

The Scissor Of Freedom


In the following series, we will talk about the importance of freedom and how to liberate yourself from unnecessary ties. The first step to take action is to understand how you can actually cut these ties.

The scissor, well you have it.

We all do.

These scissors, with which we cut out things in our life that we no longer need.

But instead of cutting out your optimism, your dreams, your favorite things and people, cut out the negativity.

Cut out the people who are unapologetic of having hurt you for their own personal gains, all these people that left you alone when you needed them.

All these people that just take and take and take and never give back anything.

They’re basically HUMAN parasites.

Cut these invisible strings that are attached to your hands and legs and tongue and mouth corners; that direct your every move, every step, every word that you’d rather not take or speak.

Cut these strings attached to your feet, which takes you places you’d rather not go. Be free enough to say, “NO”, when you want to say no.

Don’t get in miserable situations on your own willingly and then complain how shit your life is. Do something about it or stop complaining.

Cut yourself free from the burdens you don’t even need, and fall.

Fall and keep falling until you’re brave enough to not be afraid of the fall, you’ll grow wings like a dragon and you’ll fly.

You’ll start rising on your way down. You’ll rise and you’ll fly and you’ll soar in the sky.

Don’t be afraid of falling. Freedom of mind is more important than freedom of your body. Internalize your freedom. Feel it in every cell, every vein, every nerve-ending.

Oshin Ahlawat is a young poet and writer based in New Delhi, India. “I believe people who write are like tornados and cyclones. We wreck a lot of lives; for better or worse. It all depends on the people who read our work. They decide where the damage is going to be; the heart or the mind and whether it’s going to be for the good or for worse. I wish to give them the choice to decide that. I’m just going to focus on doing what I want”, she says. 

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