Freedom

I used to think that being in America I would have the freedom to do what I want -but now I realize that’s not the case. For people that relay on their jobs to keep the bills paid not only is their less time for them to do what they want, but in some cases they are also censored. Women that want to go braless for health reasons sometimes can’t if they’re afraid their jobs won’t allow it. People can’t say what they really think for fear of being fired.

Now that I’ve found a 9 to 5 job, at first I thought this is it, this is where I want to be. However, after reviewing everything I’ve experienced I realized that it’s just not. I want the freedom to write whenever I please, run whenever its nice out, and spend time with my family without my job limiting my time with them. And now I’ve realized that freedom doesn’t come free -even if you live in America. People have made their own way, making passive income, learning how to earn money without really working.

Do I think it would be bad if everyone lived this way? No, in fact I think the more people that do it the more we can become even more independent and we’d have more freedom because there won’t be other people demanding that we do stuff for them. We’ve found ways that have made modern living even easier for us to do on our own than ever before. And if all of us managed to find a way to make passive income for us to take care of ourselves, I still don’t think all of us would quit our jobs. We would probably just work less.

If all of us found a way to take care of ourselves without really doing much there would still be plenty of time to ‘work’. I don’t think everyone is lazy and even when I have my lazy days if I’m lazy for too long I kind of get twitchy and end up wanting to do something.

I think having the freedom to get away from big companies and become on our boss might even help us find new ideas too. Most jobs from my experience end up being pretty repetitive and I think allowing ourselves the freedom to face new experiences can help us to think differently.

As I refine my idea of what freedom really is I’m beginning to get a stronger pull to do my own thing -and hopefully get benefits from that. And I’d feel guilty if I ended up doing this and realized that other people still haven’t caught on. Having a job was a constant pressure that my parents always lectured me about. I’ve found that just because someone is ‘jobless’ that does not mean they are an unproductive lazy person. In fact, I think people that are productive without a ‘job’ are even more motivated than people with jobs because they don’t have to have the constant pressure from other people to encourage them to continue working. They just do what they want to do without anyone telling them otherwise.

That I believe is true freedom, and I hope to get closer and closer to it as life goes on.

 

What do you define freedom as? Do you think it has to be earned or do you think we all have the right to it?

Writing Wednesday: Prompt 11

My name is Peter.

My name is Peter.

My name is Peter, Peter Hayes and I’m slowly losing control of my own body and possibly my memories.

They hover above me injecting god knows what into my body. They all wear googles and face masks, but I think they only really wear those so I won’t recognize them that well. The back of my neck hurts from them cutting into it, they said they inserted some kind of chip into my neck. However, during that time I pretended to be asleep. A few days ago a military man came in with what appeared to be an iPad -but I came to realize it did a lot more than an iPad could. With the device he began controlling my hands as they remained restrained on the metal table I laid on.

Today, I’m walking outside of the lab for the first time in months. They think I’m gone and I’m trying give them every reason to think that way. Today, a walk out onto the city streets in normal clothes as if nothing had ever happened -accept I have no control over my body.

Prompt: Write about one of your biggest fears.

A Look into Freelee’s New Cookbook

This is one of the first ebooks I’ve ever read and I’m excited to slowly be moving in a more environmentally friendly direction. Paper books are like an addiction that I’m trying to get rid of. I’m pretty sure we have a nook somewhere in our house, but I don’t know how well it works. Anyway, onto what Freelee’s cook book is about.

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I bought this book knowing it wasn’t just a cook book -it’s about how society convinces women to abuse their bodies so they can look ‘better’ for everyone else. How people objectify women and how our own society encourages people to have kids even if they don’t have enough resources.

For the most part, no one has ever said anything to me about not wearing make-up. However, here in America if women don’t shave their arm pits apparently that a big no no. Why do you care? Men don’t do it so stop trying to put double standards on women. To me, asking women to shave -especially down there- is downright pedophillic to me. If someone asks me to shave I’m going to tell them that it’s not their body so fuck off.

My favorite excuse for shaving is that people say your more ‘clean’ that way. Yeah right, I just cut my skin so bacteria and other stuff can get into my body. I got rid of hairs that helps prevent me from getting stds. I just made myself super uncomfortable and itchy just so some fuckboy could find me more appealing. Please. 

Stop encouraging women to wear make-up that ends up harming their skin. Stop encouraging us to shave for you pedophilic desires. Stop telling us our only purpose is to pop out babies. Stop telling girls their anorexic when you know they’ve eaten plenty that day.  Just stop telling us what to do with our bodies. 

Moving on to the cooking part of it….

I haven’t tried any of the recipe yet -I just got the book a few days ago. However, I’m hoping to make the pizza rolls soon. Some of the other recipes I’m probably going to make are the tortilla wraps, the self-determined sushi and the no restriction noodle lyfe.

 

How do you feel about this book? Do you think the author has a strong point or do you think she’s over the top? If you have this book, which recipe is your favorite?

 

 

Writing Wednesday: Prompt 10

Her curly brown hair went down her body in waves as she looked between the cracks of the wooden floor beneath her. Then looked in her dresser as the footsteps crept closer. Her heart began to race and she moved her dresser towards the only entrance to the bedroom. She looked under her sheet covers hoping she’d see some kind of sparkle and be saved.

She heard them pounding at the door, “Lilth Galmoore you are sentenced to be hung for treason by order of the queen.” She ripped the bottom of her dress as she walked toward her wardrobe. She took it off and quickly changed into a white linen shirt and trousers. Then she felt something solid in it’s pocket and let out a breathe. In the back of her closest she took out a brown cocked hat with a long white feather. She put the white amulet around her neck and hid it underneath her shirt. Then she put on the hat and leaned against the wall farthest from the entrance.

The dresser came crashing down, shattering the small knick knacks the where on top of it. The guards set down the large long log that knocked the door down and raced after her. The first one hit the amulets protective shield around the pirate girl and he felt it in disbelief. Only the small amount of light the came in the room that allowed the shield to glimmer in certain places, hinting at where the shield was. Then the queen’s head knight came up to the shield and tried to slice it with his sword, but the sword bounced back and nearly hit the guard behind him.

The girl narrowed her eyes at men with her arms folded. “I am Amber Lionheart,” she said. “Your queen outcast my father for a crime he did not commit.” The men stared and the head knight glared at her and was about to protest. “Your queen has you like dogs on a leash,” Amber continued. “She stole thousands of pounds of precious gems from my family as well as others and took it to that pig Lance.”

“She was looking for that amulet that you so willingly show now,” the head knight said. “If your family would’ve have just given to her none of this would’ve happened.”

Amber began to walk past them, the amulets shield forcing them to move. “Oh please honey,” she said, “she doesn’t deserve it.”

 

Prompt: Write about losing something a character needed and then finding it at the last minute.

A Dog’s Way Home Book Review

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. This fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart is in the same tradition as the beloved bestseller, A Dog’s Purpose.

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After finishing this book I love everything it had to offer. It reminded me just how hard it is to get justice for animals and how the stereotyping of pit bulls is still around. Even though Bella didn’t know it, her owners weren’t just fighting to keep her. They were fighting a broken system that believed all ‘pit bulls’ were bad. And it’s unfortunate since technically pit bulls are even a recognized breed, but many people use it as an excuse to put a dog down.

I get that some of us have been extremely irresponsible and have let the pet population get out of hand. However, we can’t just make animals take the blame for it. I think only certain people should have the right to breed their pets, which should have certain standards that wouldn’t encourage puppy mills to continue treating their animals poorly. A sort of certification that would only allow those with enough resources to do so. I get that this could limit the gene pool, however, we are people and at times we are smart and I’m sure we can find a way around that.

I think that some of the things that Bella did for her family is unteachable for the most part. And I think as soon as they let the dog catcher know that Bella was a therapy dog he should’ve just left them alone. Animals can help someone’s emotional state better than humans can in some ways. No one with the resources to take of care them should have them taken away for something that’s more like a matter of tolerance than an actual issue. 

I’m glad that this book has the dog’s perspective without it being another version of A Dog’s Purpose. It’s helped me think about issues that I don’t usually have to because I live in a place that doesn’t stereotype dogs for the most part. And to all of you who have had your dog(s) taken away for this reason I am so sorry that humanity has done this to you. If there a petition out there that you want me to sign then just let me know.

Have you read this book? What parts of this book do you agree or disagree with?

 

 

January Reflection

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I’m glad the small goals I’ve set for this blog have been completed. However, I don’t feel I’ve been as involved as I’ve wanted to be. My work life has been crazy and now I’ve finally found a more routine job that pays more and has less crazy hours. Trying to do things outside of work has been hard. Some days my sleep cycle is so messed I just want to take a nap. I’m hoping this new job will really help me get more motivated to think about other goals I want to complete outside of work.

One possible goal being if I should complete my college education and get a degree. It has always been something my family has nagged at me to get.  However, balancing work, school and all my other responsibilities kind of became a train wreck by the time I finished my first year of college and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle it. I’m thinking about just sticking to this job, but I don’t know for sure. As much as I want to make better opportunities for myself I also just want to take things a little bit at a time for the sake of my own sanity.

As for this blog, my regularly scheduled prompts will still continue as well as motivation Mondays until I find something more interesting to post. And of course my reflections and book reviews will continue each month as well.