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Old 05-07-2018, 11:40 AM
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Thinking about freedom. What does freedom mean to you?

Simply being able to walk around your home, in your neighborhood, free to come and go at will, free to do anything you want, anything you dream of for just a moment or for big future plans, whether it's professional or recreational or family oriented.

There are situations which keep us locked up. They keep us in perpetual lockdown.

Sometimes people make a terrible mistake and end up in prison. Sometimes people are impoverished and tied to two jobs, constantly on a hamster wheel just to get the bills paid. Sometimes people are seriously ill or disabled and can't get out of bed, or they are trapped in a dark world of mental illness.

And then there is addiction.

Think about it today, what freedom means to you. Is there a way to become free in your own life? Are you in a prison of your own making?

wouldn't you do anything you could if it was within your power, to be free?
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:58 AM
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I used to live in Hawaii. Freest and happiest time of my life. The freedom to live where I want, travel when I want to. Sort of boils down to economic freedom. 1st world problems but that's what I'm aiming for here..
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:18 PM
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Should add though if there's anything I've learned from all my moving around and escapism tactics.. it's that freedom isn't a place it's a state of mind.
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:55 PM
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Free from the fear of being caught is a big one for me still, still early in sobriety. The fact I don't have to worry when my wife cleans the house or checks the mail; no need cover up my breath, no need to pretend I remember last night's conversation.

I'm early so it's the "freedom from"s that I am very much enjoying at this point.

Great post.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:25 PM
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For me it's freedom to choose my path in life. I did not have that when I was still actively drinking because all of my activities were focused on making sure I had enough alcohol wherever I went. I would not participate or go anywhere that alcohol was not readily available. Or at least someplace where I could stash a good supply of beer, like the trunk of my car.
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For me freedom is the ability to be an active participant in life on an equal playing field with the rest of humanity.

Without thinking about alcohol all the time.
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:34 PM
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I've been reading around here and the people who are still drinking are so trapped. It's reminding me of the immense freedom I feel, even though I still have growing to do in sobriety.

I'm hoping they can feel this way one day too.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:16 PM
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Freedom from having to lie, hide, sneak around, pretend, be full of shame.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:50 AM
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It's understanding that drinking is a choice. I can choose to drink or get help.
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Not needing an alarm clock for the last 5 years or ever again.
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