I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.
― Mahatma Gandhi
The First Amendment Monument in Charlottesville, Virginia
What would you write on this monument?
Me? I got creative and wrote my name.
And continuing the theme of relaying the obvious, I wrote:
Maybe it wasn’t as colorful (or cathartic) as the citizen who wrote RYAN IS A TOOL, but that’s okay. The 108 feet of slate writing space exists to express our views on well, whatever.
I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.
― Oscar Wilde
Because freedom of expression is one of our rights in America.
This one makes me smile.
Whether we doodle on slate, express our political or religious views or write best-selling books, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said that part of the significance of our freedom of expression is to “assure self-fulfillment for each individual.”
Expression = Self-fulfillment
Maybe not right away, but having the ability to express yourself can help you find purpose, passion and meaning in your life. And there are so many ways to do it.
For example,I express myself in this blog, in my fiction writing and by wearing sparkly shoes.
Maybe I color my hair blue, paint, or do DIY projects. .
Even my lunch tells a story about me and what I want for myself.
This is a very delicious grilled tofu salad. Not that I’m trying to convince anyone (because of freedom and all that).
Plus I like to bake and experiment with recipes. I planned on showing you a picture of the gluten-free spice cupcakes I made for this weekend. But sadly, they are all gone.
But cupcake or no cupcake, every day is another opportunity to show the world an expression that is uniquely our own. Because each of us have a JOY looking for a voice.
You are joy, looking for a way to express.
It’s not just that your purpose is joy, it is that you are joy. You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing. Energy-frolicking and eager.
That’s who you are.
― Esther Hicks
So, here’s to FROLICKING ENERGY and the unfettered freedom to find meaning.
What would you write on the Freedom of Expression monument? How do you express yourself?
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Have an awesome week!