Sunday, March 20, 2011
Personal Freedom is Vastly Over-rated.
I don’t mean the kind of political freedom that brave men and women are dying for right now, democracy (if such a thing exists), but freedom of choice on a much smaller scale.
I have much more personal freedom now that I no longer have the love of my life beside me,
I am free to live anywhere I choose to. I chose to move to Washington State to be near one of my sons and his dear wife, rather than being tied to Berkeley where Otto had been a professor for the greater part of our lives.
I now have the freedom to spend the inheritance that Otto left me on my personal choices, free of the constraints that are imposed by a partnership that tries to meet the needs of two people. Due to that same inheritance, I am free of most of the economic worries of the majority of people.
And you know what? I would gladly trade that kind of freedom for one more moment with Otto beside me.
And, now that I have written this response to the Sunday Scribblings prompt of Free, I find that I am not free of tears.
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