Sertoma essay contest winner

What Freedom Means To Me

Olivia Hanlon, Prairie Valley

Fifth Place

Freedom – the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. This is what freedom is to most people, but to me it means something else. It means something much bigger and much more complex.

Although the description above is what freedom means in the dictionary, freedom means something different to everyone. To one person it may mean the freedom of speech and to another it may mean freedom to leave her home safely. To one person freedom may be more important than it is to someone else.

When I think about freedom, many different thoughts come to my mind: the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the freedom of the press, and much more. Then I sit back and think about it, and I realize it means so much more than even those. It means you can be yourself no matter who that is; it means you don’t have to worry about not being able to chase your dreams.

Another interpretation that comes to mind with freedom is the freedom that we are able to go to school. I know that in many countries there are people who are not allowed to go to school. I think about my future with an education. I have the freedom to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian; then I think about my future without an education. I wouldn’t have that opportunity. Also, I wouldn’t be able to chase my dream of being a veterinarian without the freedom that allows women the same rights as men.

I think about how important it is to have freedom and how different my life would be without it. I think that freedom is much more important than people acknowledge, especially in a country who has it. Freedom is a lot more than just a word in the dictionary; it’s what makes our lives what they are today.