I chose this week’s theme with some trepidation if only to be challenged myself. The uncertainty of Covid-19 still looms, and civil unrest continues to make tragic headlines world-wide.
As many countries are still confined to “stay-at-home” orders, we may feel anything but free. States and counties continue to impose public safety guidelines for wearing masks and physical distancing, some still choosing to delay openings of their economies. Again, many feel our freedoms are impinged upon as this process unfolds.
If you have followed this blog for any length of time you know that I post a positive perspective on play and leisure using photography to underscore my thoughts. We can hear and read the bad news all day long, and I respect fellow bloggers who share their opinions on world events.
While I do not want this post to be another speculative essay on the state of our world, I want to remind us all that as humans, we do enjoy many freedoms.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the five basic freedoms including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government.
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.Rosa Parks
As we in the US begin to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, let us take a moment to celebrate our freedoms.
The freedom for the government to set aside National Parks and other public lands for all to enjoy. Our freedom to travel to and enjoy these public lands.
The freedom to safely enjoy fireworks in our neighborhoods (where allowed). Please be “safe and sane!”
The freedom to enjoy and appreciate historical monuments.
The freedom to read and to be educated.
The freedom to worship.
The freedom to mourn our fallen heroes who sacrificed for our country so that we may be FREE.
More images that demonstrate freedom.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.Nelson Mandela
What does freedom look like to you? Share your view of freedom with your photos, creative ideas, stories, poetry, and music. I appreciate you keeping it positive this week.
July themes are available on my Sunday Stills Photography Page.
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