Freedom is the prompt for Terri’s Sunday Stills this week and it was this song that first came to mind. I wondered what I had to say about freedom, many seem to be feeling locked in due to the pandemic, we’re unable to travel overseas or even to cross state borders in some parts of Australia. It’s a funny time (not ha-ha funny) because of isolation, lockdowns, riots, shielding, social distancing, global politics….many don’t feel free.
Don’t dream it’s over – Crowded House
There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me
Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win
As with most people, there’s a lot going on in my life that I don’t necessarily share on my blog, so you may not get what I am saying but believe me, I haven’t been feeling my best self lately.
Then I went to the beach and for a bike ride with my husband.
I discovered I was free. I was outside. I was riding my bike. I was at the beach. I was free to feel the wind in my hair, speak my mind, exercise my body. I live in a great country (Australia) and I am lucky to be in the position I am in. I know that!
My head was free of all the current worries for the time I was riding, I was in a happy place.
As we normally live in the mountains, hours away from the beach, any trip to the sea is special, so combining a ride to the beach was pure freedom.
I have shared some of my photos to show you my piece of freedom over the weekend. It always help to get some perspective and this has certainly made a difference.
In case you’re wondering we were at Callala Beach and Myola just across the water from Huskisson on Jervis Bay, in NSW, a particularly beautiful part of the world!
If you’re interested in the song I opened this post with, you can watch it below.
It’s interesting to read these thoughts from bass guitarist, Nick Seymour, at the time of release:
“You think the song is gloomy? The record’s about not giving up hope and succumbing to the effects of the mass media and consumerism, but there’s an over-riding positive view in all our songs.” Source
I think you’ll agree, these words still ring true, despite having been written back in 1986!
What does freedom mean to you?
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Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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