Are You Free? – Inez Knows
By Inez Lanns
Freedom [free-duhm] – personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery
Could you imagine being enslaved while not knowing you had the right to be free? Liberty has been granted to you, but because someone wants to control you (for their own personal gain) they make sure the information never makes it to you. All you have known is slavery your entire life, so until you are introduced to freedom you will remain enslaved. And those who try to break the system or not follow the rules end up severely punished.
This brings me to the issue of Juneteenth. One common question comes up, and that is, “What is Juneteenth Day?” June 19, 1865 – marks the date that slavery officially ended in the United States, which was two and a half years after slavery ended in the rest of the United States. Many people are unaware of this. President Lincoln’s Emancipation became official on January 1, 1863, which ended slavery in the U.S. However, the slaves in Texas were not aware of this because Texas had decided to separate itself from the Union. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that General Order Number 3 was shared with them, which began with: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” And this is how Juneteenth Day was born.
Although we live in a country where we are physically free, many people are not living their lives completely free. Too many people care about what other people think instead of following their hearts and doing what they were purposes and designed for. Do people look at what they are passionate about and good at when seeking a career, or do they follow a path that someone else paved for them. Often times, those people unhappily look back and later try to figure out what they should do with their lives. Media greatly influences many people – telling us what’s in, what’s out, what to wear, what kind of music to listen to, etc.? Do you allow everyone else to think for you? Do you gather information yourself? Are you doing what you like and wearing what you like, regardless of what everyone else thinks?
Birds that are trained to stay in a cage will not leave their cage if the door is left open. Although they are meant to soar and fly, they will remain caged even though they don’t have to. They stay in the only environment that they know. Some people are afraid to step out into what’s unfamiliar even though they feel something calling them into that direction. Don’t allow other people to dictate your life. Controlling people fear loss of control and want to control everyone and everything that they can.
But the people who really want what’s best for you will be able to help pull the best out of you. Ultimately, you are the one who has to live with the decisions that you make. Do not remain enslaved! You can be free! And once you are free, don’t look back. Remain free.
Inez Lanns was born and raised in Ventura County. She currently owns an Internet Marketing & Communications business called Inez Knows. She also writes in her blog on her web site: Inez Knows ~ Information for Everyone!.