“with every line written, and all that I’ve given, music has been nothing more than a self-made prison” -Pusha T
Sometimes, doing what you’re passionate about can make you feel like a caged animal.
When you put your all into your craft, and the respect you think and feel like you deserve is not received, you can become disgruntled and deflated…but only if you allow your satisfaction to be from external and not the internal, meaning yourself.
One of the definitions for freedom is; the exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. Let’s take a moment on this one. These are all seemingly from the outside but the end result for each of these are decided by our internal selection process.
External control, to me, is allowing someone or something to decide how, where, when, and why you will or will not take action. How many of you that are reading this are allowing an external control dictate your movements and mind state?
I use to allow it to happen to me; letting people to “put bugs” in my ear that caused me to stop my progression to make it easier for them to proceed. Taking their “pearls of wisdom” that was really dressed up trash in disguise.
I allowed this action to happen, on and off, for about 2 years. During that time, I also made a realization about hope and how it can really cause more harm than good. Throughout those years, I placed myself, and my mind, in bondage. It was hard to see things getting better, I was waiting and hoping that my time would come, and it never did.
Another part of the definition is; the power to determine action without restraint. This is something that we all need to pick up, somewhere along our journey.
If you want to achieve freedom of the mind, you must stop restraining your thoughts, limiting belief in yourself, and placing a regulator on your actions! Freedom is always, and will forever be, a choice made by the person and nothing else in the world.
Being your authentic self brings freedom. Not caring or allowing someone else’s judgement or negative talk deter you from being your true self.
As long as you are giving them the truth…your freedom will never be at risk.