What freedom means to me may mean differently to the lady who stands next to me, or to the teenager who sits across me eating her yong tau fu in the cafe, or to the couple who sits across to each other at the corner end.
To my daughter, freedom means having the weekend without school activities. It also means that she has been trusted to reverse the car from the car lot and drive out till the junction out of the condo complex. Freedom to her means having to pick and choose what to wear without me being a nagging mom and to stay late on weekends. To my cats, maybe, it means having the front portion of the hall and just chilling in the morning sun. At least thats my observation. They just refuse to move their lazy butts away even when I am vacumming the floor.
Freedom to some people may also mean when the wives are away back home to their kampungs, or when the bosses are away, when parents are out of the house or when you can safely shed off your clothings to the floor and feel liberated without even an ounce of threat that clings to your body..
Some countries are free and sovereign but still struggling with independance from outside force to navigate their economics into the new century. They dont have the basic economic and political structure to do on their own. Others, may feel that they have the right ingredients and genetic make up in their social and political policies that they enforce ther brand and understanding of freedom to other smaller and weaker countries. They didnt realise that with freedom of speech, or freedom of this and that comes with greater responsibilities. Sometimes, when freedom may be a strong word in speech and paper, when in actual truth the mind and spirit are not free.
Businesses thrive on in Malaysia. MNC’s are still opening up their regional hubs in the country with more GLCs created every other month and other smaller local companies competing with each other for a piece of the economic pie. Some industries may say this is their glorious period of all where their annual quarter are met by first quarter of the year. Again, another form of meaning of freedom to the sales and marketing department as they now can have anything they desire.
Freedom to me now means having the option to do anything that my heart desire, and yet mature enough to have that little restrain not to execute stupid moves in life. Its kind of liberating knowing the fact that its okay to drive out at 3 am on a weekend for a teh tarik at the nearby mamak shop without having to ask anyone. Or to wear whatever I wish without having been subjected to morale police checking the length of my skirt. Or something like that. This also means that I am free and able to vote and play a role in deciding the country’s mosaic of political decisions which leads at how the future of the country are being formulated at policy level. This also determines the future of my child who will be here, graduate from school and moves on with her adult life.
As a simple Jane who has a day job, I really dont know the real inner workings of the intricate political worlds are being run though I bet my mom will have a field day explaining them all after spending most of her life in it. But there you go, thats the meaning of freedom. It comes with its own nuances and intepretation. Do you have the basic inner structure to realised the true meaning of freedom? Only you yourself can answer that as only you can create the meaning and what it really means to you.
Life is actually good here. I am not complaining much. So, here goes – Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia!!