Have You Discovered Freedom Yet?

We spend our lives with labels. Being labeled. Labeling others. It's human nature to want to group, categorize, and make sense of the world. That's something more easily done with labels. If you are an x that means you're a y sort of person. If you're a blonde, then you're a stupid person. If you're a white man, you're an out of touch sort of person.

This one is tall. That one is fat. This one is blonde. That one is brown skinned. This one is liberal. That one is rich. And on and on.

We use what we see to describe others and make conclusions about them.

We also use what we see to describe ourselves and make conclusions about who we are.

When acing a test - I'm smart. When spilling a full carton of milk - I'm an idiot. I'm taller than this one but shorter than that one. I'm fat. I'm skinny. I'm useless. I'm kick ass. And on and on. 

In just a short while, we are covered by labels. We cannot see the human being underneath because too many labels have been attached. Some we have attached ourselves. Others have been given to us and we have allowed people to attach them.

But if we take a step back, close our eyes, breathe in and out, and let the noise fall away. Let the labels fall away, we can discover again who we are. The truth of our hearts. We are surprised to learn that all those labels have nothing to do with who we are.

The amazing April Best of the #discoverfreedomproject is helping people to do just that. She is providing the world a safe haven to shed the labels and proudly declare "I am." (You can take a look at her amazing work here.)

It is not easy to be who you are, no more, no less.  It's the hardest battle you will ever fight. But it is worth every inch of blood, sweat, and tears.

To be nobody but yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else— means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
— EE Cummings, Poet