“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.
“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.”
FREEDOM. LIBERATION. THE NEXT CHAPTER. NEW BEGINNINGS. THESE WORDS, PHRASES, AND MORE ARE HOW THIS STORY CAN BE DEFINED.
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.
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 😍❤️