Genuine inner freedom is the ultimate aim of life. It’s the unspoken goal of every thought you have and every action you take. –David Simon
For days I’ve been searching for motivation, something to spark my creative fire to write. Thoughts and ideas have been running through my mind, but nothing really hit me until I saw this quote a few minutes ago. My initial excitement was then quickly tempered with thoughts of my own personal journey toward inner freedom.
Back when I was in my 20’s, as with many young adults, I was coming into my own, defining who and how I wanted to be in this life. I was heavily influenced by what other’s thought, and my own lack of self-confidence and self-esteem. Approaching my late 30’s, I had a much clearer understanding of what was important to me as a new wife, mother and corporate employee, however, lost sight of who I was as a person. All of my energy was channeled outward, with very little inner reflection and growth.
Then, as it goes, events happened which forced me to take a hard look at where my life was headed and to start asking the hard questions. The loss of a parent, marital struggles, health issues and the death of a dear friend all played a part in the deliberation. Slowly and with intention, through my 40’s I began listening to my inner voice, my wisdom, my heart and taking steps forward in a different direction. One that brings the inner and outer persona together as one.
This woman’s path to inner freedom is the journey, and as I approach what appears to be another phase, I find I’m asking some of the same questions I had 20 years ago: Who am I? Who do I want to be? Where do I want to go? How do I want to live? And most importantly, what am I willing to do about it? This time, I’m listening with the wisdom of life experience.