|Photo from here|
As I pack, I can’t help but wonder how my perspective on freedom, the essence of this holiday, will be impacted during this trip. Exploring and seeking to understand, or at least getting a glimpse into, another culture, especially one with such vastly different politics, is one of the wonders of traveling.
When I think of my own independence, I initially think of things I’ve done that I’m proud of, things like:
- Buying my first home on my own
- Traveling solo to places like the Baltic Sea or camping & rafting down the Colorado river
- Leasing my first commercial space and diving full time into the entrepreneurial life
Then I think about women who live quite different lives in other lands who do not have such opportunities. I remember experiences such as visiting the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum dedicated to the Berlin Wall. Story after story of those trying to escape over the wall amazed me as I thought of the many freedoms I enjoy.
So while I celebrate my nephew’s birthday, spend time with my family, and of course attend the traditional Rzasa 4th of July with the summer blend of cole slaw, I remember how the independence I enjoy has shaped my life.
Whatever independence means to you, this weekend, be grateful for your freedom.