Another response from another valued member of our community. Check out what Kate Powers has to say about what it means to be free and why she lives the way that she lives.
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Here’s what Kate has to say:
What does it mean to be free?
To me, freedom is the ability to live without fear. It is to be unrestrained by the chains that so often bind us: unjust laws, social immobility, one’s own negative thoughts. Freedom affords the opportunity to exist exactly as you are, unafraid of the consequences of being yourself. Freedom is knowing that you can express your love openly and speak your mind unabashedly, unfettered by the threat of losing friends, family, or your personal liberty. It is the peace of mind that comes with living on a healthy and well-preserved planet, and the empowerment to fight back against the forces that seek to destroy it. Freedom means shattering every glass ceiling, from the ones we place on ourselves to the ones embedded in the fabric of our society. To be free is to recognize that we are only free when we respect and validate each other’s right to exist, for a threat to the freedom of one is a threat to the freedom of us all. As such, we must continually fight to preserve freedom for ourselves and for our fellow humans, especially for those who are unable to fight for themselves. There will always exist powerful individuals who seek to limit or erase our freedom, so we must not be complacent in freedom’s pursuit. The attainment of freedom is a continual process rather than irrevocable privilege. With freedom comes hope, fulfillment, and empowerment, but also great responsibility, and we must honor this responsibility above all else.
Why do I live the way I live?
I try to live my life based on my personal value set. These values include the attainment of education, giving back to society, experiencing new cultures, caring for animals, and creating and strengthening personal relationships. These values are reflected in everything I do. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree with the goal of obtaining a fulfilling career in non-profit management or the government, where I hope to make a difference in the lives of others. I travel as often as possible, in an effort to visit new lands, meet interesting people, and taste foreign cuisines. I strongly support animal adoption and am a firm believer in the benefits of the animal-human bond, my own pets are an immense source of joy and companionship for me. I prefer to build strong, intimate relationships with a smaller group of people than to have a large group of acquaintances, and I truly cherish my friends, classmates, and family members with whom I am deeply connected and committed to.
I moved away from my hometown when I was 18, in search of experiences that I couldn’t attain in the confines of a small, homogenous community. I’ve spent the last seven years living in Los Angeles, a beautiful, diverse, living, breathing city that I have grown to love and respect. I adore the food, cultures, people, weather, and the geography of my city and I am thankful that I had the courage to leave behind everything I knew and start a new life at a young age. I’ve never regretted my decision and while I miss my family dearly, I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be (at least for now!)
In sum, I try to live my life in accordance to my own personal beliefs and values. I am far from perfect, but I am proud of the person I am and I look forward to many more years of growth and experience in my future. I have been extremely privileged in my life and I don’t fail to recognize that privilege even for a moment. I guess my ultimate goal in life is to use the advantages I’ve been given to make the world a better place for those around me and to fight for a more equitable world for us all.
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