“I’m done.” Her house keys landed on the entryway dresser for the final time. She noted how the jingle made its usual ‘welcome home’ sound…

Yet she was running in the other direction.

“I’m finished.” He pulled up in his tattered red station wagon, the homiest sight that could have welcomed her. The screen door clicked, an outcry sounded from the kitchen, her jean jacket hugged her protectively.

The single suitcase she toted was fastened to the car roof in the same amount of time it had taken her to decide she was through.

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“You’re finished?” Her best friend raised his eyebrows, so nonchalantly, like she was merely deciding which soda she wanted to order.

The seatbelts clicked, the gear shift went into drive, the road was wide open before her.

“Never again.” She flicked on her sunglasses, avoiding the rear view like a seasoned pro. Her smile reflected mirth seasoned with regret in the glare of the noonday sun. “I… am…”

His fingers stretched forward, mirroring the sun’s rays over the auburn steering wheel as he said: “Free.”

Being set free from the chains that bind us come from a beautiful combination of important factors:

  • One or more persons caring for us.
  • The desire to be set free.
  • The legal and situational means to do so.
  • The ingenuity and bravery to leave optional pain behind.
  • Opportunity and timing.
  • Hope for the future.
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What does being free mean? I see it as freedom from our circumstances, the ability to navigate our emotions, and the strength to live our lives in such a way that our surroundings do not define us.  

There are greater things for us on the other side of our fear, hesitation, and greatest doubts. There’s a beautiful life we can lead that does not include anxiety, worry, and not trusting ourselves. It begins with the ability to recognize the actions we can take today, guiding us toward freedom with every small step.

WHATEVER IS HOLDING YOU BACK IN LIFE IS WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION. You can seek freedom from any number of things. Pursue it with everything you are! Do right by yourself, care for those who love you, and live every day seeking the peace and freedom you can live and reside in. I love you! Don’t ever give up 💕

It’s about time I introduced myself! Hi there 👋 I’m Maggie! I’m a blogger who’s passionate about writing, all things creative, and making a positive impact on the world! I have absolutely loved getting to share my writing on D’s blog today. Thank you so much for reading it!

After I saw her post inviting others to participate in her Thoughts Gallery, with the intention of showcasing write-ups that leave an impact, this story hit me!! I immediately got out my phone, typed the whole thing out, then got to writing the guest post in full.

There was so much more I wanted to say in Free than I did. I intentionally left out many of the little details that would have fit the story, but I realized what a beautiful opportunity Free gives me to talk about freedom!

I want you, the reader, to hang on every word of Free and find yourself in it. What’s her story? What’s YOUR story? What is she seeking freedom from? Where is she going? All of these poised questions and more are the beginning of what I hope to be a journey of exploration for you. Fill in all of the details and understand Free in your own way!

I can’t wait to chat with you guys in the comments, and while you’re at it, check out the rest of D’s incredible blog! Random Specific Thoughts is seriously one of the coolest poetry blogs around 😍❤️

Thank you, thank you again for reading!


31 thoughts on “Free

  1. Thank you so much D! 💛 and thank YOU for letting me share my writing here! 🥰
    I agree! I’m so glad my writing portrays that 💛

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  2. That was good. Really deep considering how short the story itself is. (Or maybe I’m just saying that because my Thoughts Gallery contribution is going to be much, much longer… D, that reminds me, I feel like the takeaway won’t really come until part 2… maybe I should do the part where I introduce myself in part 1 and put the takeaway in part 2? Does that work?)

    I have a lot of thoughts about this in my own life… mostly the complicated decisions of whether or not I should move away and start over (this part of the country is the only home I’ve ever known, and it’s beautiful here, but I’m miserable here because of COVID restrictions and what the culture here has become like) or if I should leave my job (my coworkers and immediate supervisors are the best I’ve ever had, the people at the top of this organization are the worst I’ve ever had, my colleagues and I are being treated unfairly but if I leave my job I’d be making even less money than I am now being underpaid, because of seniority and such).

    Also, I just had to…

    … or maybe being a 1990s-themed blogger, I should share this one instead

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  3. Thank you Greg! Yeah I wanted to see how much I could get across through a very brief story, haha.
    Sometimes when I’m seeking freedom, I won’t even be sure what I want to be free from. I think usually from going in the same circles I’ve been going in for so long.
    Thanks for reading/commenting!

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  4. I absolutely agree! Haha, I don’t think that should matter a lot! Yeah, that’s fine because they’ll be posted 2 days apart so there’s not a long wait between them. That works!
    Oof, I’m sorry everything seems so complicated there. Let’s just hope Covid goes away soon. I wish workplace politics didn’t exist.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and sharing those songs! I need to listen to more Queen songs.

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  5. Good point… sometimes we don’t know what we want to be free from. And sometimes the grass looks greener somewhere else, but it might not be… those are the kinds of things that make those decisions so difficult for me.

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  6. I’ve read that that video was what killed Queen’s career in the US. Apparently it was intended to be a reference to a British TV show, but no one got that reference in the US. All people saw was men dressed as women, and with all the rumors that had circulated for years about Freddie’s sexuality, that was too controversial to be played on American cable TV in 1984. MTV banned the video. (Of course now MTV would celebrate something like that…) Queen’s last few albums were largely ignored by the music industry in the US, only having a comeback when Freddie died, and then a few months later the movie Wayne’s World was released, featuring a scene with the main characters singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody in the car. A new music video was made, combining scenes from the original Bohemian Rhapsody video with scenes from the movie, and the video was played heavily on MTV.

    It’s unfortunate, because if I remember right, Queen’s next hit song after I Want To Break Free was Hammer to Fall, which is one of my absolute favorite Queen songs.


  7. Fantastic story Maggie! I love how you left this story kind of open-ended so that we readers can fill in the blanks.
    I’m very grateful for my freedom.

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  8. This was a guest post by Maggie @ maggie’s doodles! She’s a wonderful artist! Make sure you check out her blog! Thank you so much for taking the time to read, Carissa!


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