Freedom is an interesting concept.
A concept that seems to follow me around.
I have always been driven by freedom in one way or another. As a kid, it was freedom from the government-funded indoctrination camp called "school". As I grew older, it became freedom from normal states of consciousness (what exactly that means I will leave to the freedom of your imagination to decide). Even later it became freedom in the sense of the American ideal. Freedom from oppression and tyranny. Freedom of expression. Freedom to set your own course in the pursuit of happiness.
Freedom means something different still.
The freedom I am after now, the same freedom that I'd like to share with others, cannot be easily explained.
The freedom I am after now is much deeper, greater, wider, more encompassing, and more interesting than the freedom's I sought in my youth.
But they are connected.
Because this type of freedom isn't easily found sitting in hard plastic chairs while a "teacher" drones on about nonsense they think you should believe. This type of freedom takes a looseness of mind, a willingness to step out of the normal state of consciousness we find ourselves in. This type of freedom cannot be government-mandated. Nor can it be commanded. And it certainly can't come from tyrannizing others under our control.
The type of freedom I am seeking, and the type of freedom I want to share with you is much deeper.
Now, I am not claiming to have found it.
And maybe I never will.
But I am searching.
And whether or not we find it, I hope you will search with me.
Maybe, just maybe, there is freedom in that.
I know this has nothing to do with marketing or business. But finding freedom, and sharing it with others, is the thing I was put here to do. And I know it's against every law in copywriting to talk about "me" in an entire email instead of talking about "you".
But there is a reason I am doing so.
The reason I am doing so is that each person is a mirror in which we can see ourselves. And I hope, regardless of whether I talk about "you" or "me", you have been able to see yourself in the pages of this periodical.
Because no matter how different we may seem, there is something we all share as the same.
We are a web of diamonds.
And each facet of our diamond, reflects each and every person equally. So we can all shine and glimmer in one beautiful crescendo of life.
If that's not freedom, I don't know what is.
In a past life, when I thought freedom was ditching class and getting high with my buds, I would say something like: "Have fun today. Make it a party."
But now, with an extra decade under my belt, here is my wish for you:
Find out what freedom really means.
Then go out and meet it.
The world is counting on you.