It’s World Freedom Day today.
World Freedom Day was created in commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s not so much about the wall itself but more of what it symbolizes. I remember the wall coming down so vividly, I was about 11 or 12 and probably, ok definitely, did not have a proper understanding of what it meant and all the pain it had caused, but I knew it was a special and significant time for change.
Our freedom is something most of us in the Western World take for granted on a daily basis – the freedom to choose our religion, the freedom to be with who we love, the freedom to an education, the freedom to travel, and the list goes on.
Sadly this is not the case still in so many parts of the world and to be totally honest, even here in the UK people are persecuted for who they love (amongst other things), we’re not fully there yet. Liberty should be a priority and a basic human right.
Yet today we are meant to be celebrating the positives and for having freedom to be ourselves. I personal think for me it makes me grateful but also gives me a chance to reflect on how I can make a difference, however small, to someone else in need of their own personal freedom – be it from depression, or someone in need of education, or someone who has perhaps never been out of the city & seen the sea and needs sea air & freedom (hard to imagine but I chaperoned a family filming just this last summer and they only lived in London which is an hour or so from the coast), the freedom from poverty – providing a food parcel for a family in need. If everyone made just a tiny contribution the world would be such a better place. I can’t change a nation, and change countries rules and craziness but I can make a change for individuals.
What does freedom mean to you?