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.
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.
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