Freedom – what does it mean to you?

Freedom means different things to different people. Some people want to be free from slavery while others want to be enslaved and told what to do and when to do it. When I say enslaved, I mean to have someone do everything for them. They would much rather have someone run their daily lives than venture out and fight for their individual freedoms.

I believe that people like that are brainwashed into believing that they are better off having someone give them everything they need on a daily basis instead of going out and getting it themselves.

These people are like sheep. They just go follow along with whatever the higher-ups tell them and believe that it is in their best interest.

That is not Freedom to me. I believe in the freedom to go where I want and when I want. To be able to travel, to have a roof over my head, that I bought and paid for. I believe in having a job that gives me an income to be able to put food on my table and clothes on my back.

I also believe that I should have the freedom to be an entrepreneur. To create my own income through a product I sell or a service I supply.


It also means the ability to complete me. Doing what I love makes me feel in control.

Freedom to be doing a job that I love. Not because I have to, but because I love doing it.

I am grateful to be free to make my own choices as a woman in America. I am grateful for my freedom.

Freedom means taking full advantage of the power of choice. You cannot do that in a socialist country, only in a sovereign country. It is the power in having the ability to try new things, experiment and to go down different paths and having the opportunity to choose which path to take.

Freedom also means that living in a country where regardless of where you’re from or what your background is, if you have the desire to work hard enough, anything is possible.

That taste of freedom is so sweet because my husband’s family came from another country where freedom was not so readily available. They came in through Ellis Island.

They had to be healthy, ready to work, learn the English language, and assimilate into our society. In other words, they wanted to become American citizens. To become free is a privilege. And it is beautiful.

Freedom is being able to choose the path I want in life, business, or relationships, and not being told it is wrong or impossible.

To me, all of the above is the meaning of Freedom. Now let me tell you what Independence means to me.


Independence is all about taking control of your future. It means to decide who you are now and who you want to be in the future. It is all about taking control of your destiny.

This all comes back to your determination. It is about your drive to control your life’s choices I cannot control other people, but I can control my choices.

I can say or do whatever I want without being worried that I will get an unnecessary judgment from others. I can be true to myself and not be afraid to show my unique or quirky side.

And finally, it is just the ability to have independent thought. I think a lot of people take that for granted. We can choose the things we want to believe, and nobody can take that from us.

To finish this all up is that I am happy that I can still have the opportunity to create hairstyles at the age of 74. But also to be able to start and operate a home-based business part-time. I meet incredible people both styling hair and from the comfort of my home.

I pray that you have the wisdom to know that if you live in the states, you have the freedom to do anything you want and to be anyone you want to be. Just put your nose to the grindstone and get to work. Follow your dream and don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.

I believe in you.

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Irene Franzese