The roar of freedom
Freedom starts the moment you own what you are thinking, feeling and doing.
In a society fuelled by noise and never-ending distractions, it's painfully easy to get caught up in the pack mentality.
The pack offers safety, shelter, survival and inclusion, nurturing your most primal human needs. And as you move beyond those basic needs, packs can offer status and exclusivity, for better or worse, depending on the pack you pledge allegiance to, and where in the hierarchy you belong.
Being a part of a pack influences everything you do, from the way you think and act, to where you shop and what you buy. But the greatest problem with that kind of influence is that it doesn't always have your best interests at heart, often lacking purpose, direction and any real awareness of consequence.
Inside the pack, it's easy to fall prey to the opinions of others, be they unsolicited or welcome. It's easy to get caught up in the fear of missing out. You might even feel it's necessary to change to fit into an acceptable version of who you should be and when that happens, it's easy to lose your identity and sense of worth.
The more you change because of what others want, the more you give away your personal power. Therein lies the real tragedy. Because the moment you give away your personal power is the moment you become a victim, a prisoner, a slave to the herd.
The only way to break free from the pack mentality is to stop, breathe and listen - to the stirring in your soul and to the beating rhythm of your heart. Be led by YOUR internal guides.
Ask yourself: What do I stand for? Who am I? What is important to me? What do I want? What would the bravest version of me do? Who am I not to be great?
Let the commotion and confusion inside you settle ... the answers will emerge. Slowly but surely.
Step into the silence.
Until a great roar arises from your heart. The roar of freedom.
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