Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What Does Freedom Mean To me???

By Reedima Kharbanda

Freedom, one word many meanings. Relative in nature but absolute in quantity.

Freedom to me is the power to be. Freedom to me is a way of living. Freedom to me is wanting to do what I want to do, in the boundaries of my cultures and values, and then doing the same for my gratification and satisfaction.

When I get up in the morning, and see the sunrays coming in my room, when I get ready for the college, all excited to meet my friends and enjoy the day, oblivious to the fact that there are hardships and involved, which I have to face to excel, when I go for the various activities and get myself groomed to become a better personality, when in I spend time with my family and friends and share the best moments of my life, when I pursue my favorite hobbies and when I live my life to the fullest, I experience freedom.

To reside in a land free of dictators, to experience the pleasure of exercising our rights as citizens of our motherland, to use its resources, to give back what we owe, to speak for the wrongs, to learn the rights, to punish the guilty, to condemn the unworthy, to stand up for the weak, to stand with the strong, to appreciate the goods, to agree to what I like, to disagree to what I don’t, to criticize the wrongs and work to make them right is what freedom means to me.

I owe a lot to my country which gave birth to me and I am in for repaying it in any possible way, because this country, gives me the freedom to be the FUTURE. Yes, we are the future, everyone from my generation is. Our ancestors were the past, our parents are the present, but we are the future and thus we have the freedom to mould the present in any way we want, good or bad. It depends on the values that our ancestors have imbibed in us, it depends on the principles that we inherited from our forefathers, it depends on what we learn today in our education institution, as to whether we make our country better or worse. And when I see myself, growing up to become a good daughter, a better individual and one of the best citizens, maintaining the status of ‘Incredible India’ and working for its betterment, I see myself creating future, a bright one at that…..and that is what I call FREEDOM..!!