You know the saying: “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”? It is often used as an excuse for keeping something from someone. It can be used to cover up a lie.

It always had a negative connotation for me. I like knowing the truth. Even if it is bitter. Being kept in the dark infuriates me. So in fact, it DOES hurt me. “What a foolish saying” – I thought.

It also made me mad, because I thought of all these people, who delay going to the doctor for fear of discovering they have a deadly illness inside them. (We could debate for hours about whether it is better to know, or not to know, but that is not currently the topic of my post.) Again, I think that a lot of the time, it IS beneficial to know, and what you do not know WILL hurt you.

My wisdom today is regarding freedom. There are different things in life that we associate with freedom. Some people think that just because their job title does not say “slave” they are free. And I agree.

To a degree.

It is my believes that we are still slaves.

However, in today’s day and age, we are mostly “free”. While I appreciate the freedom I have, I still see some aspects of life, in which freedom is restricted. At least in my eyes. (Ex.: here) If you are someone who lives with their parents, I bet you do not feel 100% free. You do depend on them, and so you have to listen to them (at least to some degree). Depending on where you live in the world, and if you are a woman, you might have to wear something that you would not wear otherwise. Maybe you are in an abusive relationship, and your freedom is limited by your partner. If you wish you laid on a beach right now instead of working, you are a slave to money. It does not have to be a bad thing, but we are not 100% free.

You might know that I can find inspiration in anything. As I did for this post. The song that made this edition of #WednesdayWisdom possible, is “Whatever it takes” by Imagine Dragons, and the line that gave me the “A-ha!” moment is: “‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains.”

It just so happened that I was walking outside. Minding my own business. Feeling relatively neutral.

When I heard that line, my eyes darted open.

I felt the sun on my face.

The beat of the music got incorporated into my gait.

A slight shiver passed through my body.

I felt happy.

I felt free.

As if I broke the chains.

As if I managed to get out of the shackles I was previously in.

What happened?

Nothing physically, but it was in that moment that I realized I have not been free in the past.

I realized that the changes I have recently made make me feel more free. I took it all for granted before. My past did not feel constricting, therefor, I did not see the change as exhilarating as I should.

In that moment I realized that some freedoms are more obvious than others. Some shackles you will not notice until they crack open, and you make your first step without them.

In this case, what you do not know will not hurt you. I was relatively happy before. But only once the happiness rating improved, I was able to see that the previous happiness could be beat.

Stay golden,



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  1. If it’s anything that can trigger my mental health, I definitely don’t want to know.
    If someone could tell me when and how I would die, I’d love to know.
    If I had only 5 more years to live, I wouldn’t stop working, I simply can’t afford it with my current budget. But I would make sure work would no longer give me stress.

    As for freedom, I’m like you.
    Listening to a song while driving or walking can give me feeling of freedom.
    The moment my vacation starts.
    A clean up in my house.
    The first sip of coffee in the morning.
    I try to enjoy it until reality starts kicking in

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      1. I’d want to know, why not.
        I know quite some people who LOVE life. I’m quite indifferent about it. If I wasn’t born, I wouldn’t have minded. This doesn’t mean I’m depressed. That’s anyhow a word I hate to use unless I’m in real deep shit.

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        1. I totally get it.
          They say that we are survivalists, though. Meaning, you think you’d be ok with dying, but when faced with actual death, most choose to fight. It really is an interesting phenomenon. Though, I do not think it’s all about loving life as much as it is about fearing the unknown.


  2. There is always going to be a consequence to every choice. Live at home? Respect the status quo. Live by yourself, you’re free to make your rules.. but within the conditions of paying bills, house work etc. Every choice can be construed as a form of slavery to the consequences.
    I think that’s too dark and negative though so I prefer to think of it as the price of freedom. What we need to acknowledge is that freedom has responsibility to others. My choice – if I feared a terminal illness for instance to see or not see a doctor directly impacts my family. If we want to be part of a family, have friends etc – choices have consequences for them too which impacts our decisions – or should!!
    I would always choose knowledge over ignorance. If I have to be chained I want it to be with love and respect, tied closely to those I cherish. Those chains might make me ‘slave to love’ but that’s a willing choice 😊

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    1. You make my point for me – we are bound by various things, whether we like to think of it that way, or not. It’s not good, or bad. It just is.
      But absolutely, I like to look at the positive, too. Hence, when I realized my past shackles, I was so surprised.
      A great way to look at things – the impact your actions will have on those around you. Very thoughtful.
      A great comment overall. Thank you for your input.

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    1. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. It melts my heart.
      I am glad to hear that you lost your shackles. It’s like being in a stuffy room, and then opening an ocean view window and feeling the breeze. Isn’t it?

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  3. Great post… it made me think of the movie Bucket List with Jack Nickleson and Morgan Freeman. Knowing would give you the opportunity to do the things you didn’t do yet. Thank-you for sharing this! 🤗

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  4. Truth! you don’t think you’re being limited by something until you move on to something better. Its then that you feel like you’ve broken some sort of chain, some limitation. Great post.

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Faerie Tales and Fantasy Worlds


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