Writer’s Name: Dominique Wilkins
Title: How much are you worth?
If freedom is not free, then what is its cost? Can you afford it? Is it something that you must have no matter the price? Is freedom only a term that you use if you are trapped and incarcerated? One must answer these questions before we can even discuss its value.
Freedom does not have a monetary price, but you will pay for it with sacrifice and determination. There are some people in 2012 that are not enjoying what so many of us take for granted. They are walking around amongst us, appearing to be free, but in actuality, their mind is enslaved. You are enslaved if you are living in someone else’s shadow and you feel as though you cannot voice your true opinion or do things that bring personal happiness and gratitude. At that point, you are being mentally held captive in someone else’s world. It could be a mate or even a long time aggressive/clingy friendship that drags on.
It is slavery when you struggle to do things freely in adulthood. Whenever you are self- conscious about being yourself, for fear of losing someone’s admiration or respect, you are being held captive by another person’s influence. Why do people stay in these toxic relationships you wonder? Well these people tend to have low self-esteem. Living in someone else’s shadow and rules gives them an out to not be required to think or be held accountable for their own actions. Following someone else’s lead and rules are like the child who never leaves home, in fear of having to function independently as an adult; they are required to get a job, keep one, and balance their bills. This can be complicated and seem tough, but people do it. Yet, if given the chance to opt out, many will choose not to and leave it up to someone else. Thus creating the “need” for that person to make rules and run the show. There is a need met for leadership, which is confused as a loving relationship, which they cling to for stability.
On the other hand, there are people who unknowingly fall into this trap, but want to get out. So they wait for the right time and motivation to leave. They know that the person is controlling them and their happiness, but may not be able to physically leave due to their financial situation, which the captor may be providing the majority of. The captor could also be mentally or physically abusive and use mind games with talk of their “love” for the prisoner to keep them entrapped. Not by chains, but by false promises of change and a better future. The word freedom can be applied to any situation, where all parties are not doing as they please and are forced to talk and live under another person’s directives. This person, who wants out, who plots and plans and waits for the opportunity to escape may feel as though the price of their freedom is priceless. When enough is enough, there is no amount of money that would be viewed too much to regain a person’s peace and sanity.
The price of freedom varies according to each individual’s desire for change and need to regain his or her own identity. Everyone has a price! What is yours?