Webster's on-line Dictionary definition on Freedom:

1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : INDEPENDENCE c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous

Freedom... it can have many different meanings to so many different people. For me, freedom means having the power within to do and say things that I would like to do. Sometimes that is as simple as just speaking up on issues I feel strongly about. Sometimes that is just getting away from the city and going to the open country. The great outdoors where there are little to no people around. Just me and my kids.

During the summer of 1999 I had found myself listening to "today's" music. One of my new found favorites is Jewel. She sings the song 'Life Uncommon' found on Spirit, 1998. I find this song very uplifting and truthful in its meaning of freedom. The simple words sung "No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from."

Freedom can come from within. A person is as free as they allow themselves to be. Set yourself free. Express yourself like you have always wanted. Don't allow others to control you. Be free.

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