Most of us want to be free.
Free to do what we want.
Free to say what we want.
Free to believe in what we want.
Free to hide whatever we want.
However, many of us are unable to do so. Be it due to the restrictions placed upon us by society. Or simply due to our inability to speak up when in the presence of others. People expect us to behave in a certain way and say specific things. These expectations could be unrealistic due to the fact that they know little of you or realistic as they know a lot about you. However, no matter how unrealistic or realistic the expectations are, you are you and can deviate from what others feel that they know about you.
Most of the time, how you want to react and how others expect you to react in certain situations are completely different. However, you do know what they expect of you. Most of us, unable to take the pressure or simply wanting to keep a good image, act out exactly as others would want/expect you to.
In a way, those around you are restraining you from doing what you want to do.
At the same time, you are also the culprit of restraining yourself.
Nobody told you to force yourself to meet others expectations of you but yourself.
This implies that all you need to do to be free is not care about what others think. Of course, this is no simple task as most of us cherish our relationships with others and want to be a person whom their friends would accept… even if it means that you have to lie. Especially if the things you would like to talk about or things you would like to do are not exactly socially acceptable. However, without being true to yourself and purposely restraining yourself, you are stripping yourself of your freedom to be who you are. By doing so, you also would never allow people to truly accept you for who you are.
There will be people who do not accept you for who you are, but you will never find the people who would if you never show yourself.
Of course, there are downright illegal activities that you should not do. However, who is stopping you from doing them? There may be authoritative figures who try to maintain order but if you can get around them, it is your choice to do so. Of course, I am not promoting the idea of purposely going against the law just because you want to. I just want to make my point that you are as free as you allow yourself to be. Sure, there are some restraints that you really cannot do anything about and is out of your control. However, I believe that removing the restrictions we place on ourselves can already allow us much more freedom than we believe we have at the present moment.
Although removing those restrictions definitely will not be easy.
You have to be daring enough to show yourself without the mass-produced masks everyone else wears.
Do you have the freedom to be you?