In Pursuit of Liberty- Note from Angela
A note from Angela:
I'm ready to get back to writing, after a season of much needed rest (and adventure!). I think it's important to regularly pause and reflect.
Student loan debt is a critical problem for my generation (Millenials), and it’s not going away anytime soon. The way that I can be of most help and relevance, is sharing my story about paying off student loan debt and the life it's brought me.
There is a Liberty Garden in a park by my house that caught my attention one day. Engraved on the sidewalk there was script from the Declaration and the Constitution. I found it interesting that the word liberty was in both. When I researched the meaning of the word I discovered use of the word liberty in our language has been in decline since the birth of our nation. The founding father's obviously thought it was important. It was a commonly used word during the time of revolution. Today, we've confused the word liberty to be synonymous with the word freedom, but they are very different.
Freedom means to be "free from". Liberty means to be "free to". The founders of our nation did not just want us to be free from Britain's rule, but also to be free to do and be. I think when it comes to money we've settled for freedom, when we can have liberty. What do I mean by that?
You have freedom in the way you spend money, but you're not really free until you are under no obligations and can do as you please. That's what living without student loan debt has done for me. I'm under no obligation to anyone or anything, and I'm free to do something about this issue for others. I'm free to live my life in an extraordinary way (like hiking in Banff!!). It's my wish you will be able to as well, which will be the focus of my content and message moving forward.
I hope this Independence Day you think about the freedom we have, but also how liberty is available to us all.