I think a lot of people look at freedom as an external force. Looking for it, like love, in partners, their career, money. I believe freedom lies in the mind; giving ourselves permission to be who we are without seeking acceptance from anyone or anything.
From birth, we are socialized to accept certain pretext as the norm and that this is the only acceptable path to follow. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Women should be yielding and demure, and men should be tough and take the lead.
Society sets us up like one of those learning toys for children where you are trained to put the round peg in the round hole and the square peg into the square hole; demonstrating that things, and people, are suppose to fit into the corresponding receptacle.
This mindset creates pain and confusion when we don’t fit into what the establishment has deemed as proper and correct. True “Freedom” of the mind is when we become strong enough to realize that one size does not fit all, nude is in the eye of the beholder, and that we are charged in our life’s journey to express our own nuances and truths.
Free your mind and the rest will follow.