Living in a communist country I sometimes forget that we have so many freedoms in the West. For one the internet is blocked and without special accommodations Facebook, YouTube and blogs are inaccessible. The media monitors what is seen or known. I once said ” we don’t live in Kansas anymore Toto” when an event reminded me of the lack of freedoms or highlighted the frustrations that sometimes arise. Things are different, not bad, just not the same. In day-to-day life I don’t notice these subtle changes or restrictions. Additionally as an expat I am pretty lucky and live freely. Do I miss all these little freedoms? Obviously not. Now I would miss not being able to blog, but most other things I hardly notice. I guess I also know at some point I will be home, so with patience I can have those things again, but then the adventure will be lost.
So what are my dreams or freedoms? The one thing on my mind right now is the freedom of time… no watch, schedule or expectations to meet deadlines and rush from here to there and get this done as the to do list grows longer. I can sleep late, stay up later and just hang out. Things get done when they get done. No preplanning and being totally free to be spontaneous. I am enjoying catching up with people and blog, reading or just watching TV. During the school year I would have an eye on the clock and not totally relax knowing there is so much to do. This for me, and many other teachers is the dream of summer holidays and freedom to do nothing. Teachers work hard and very long hours for 10 months of the year. Many people underestimate what a teacher does… they see the time off and think it is an easy job. That is not my intention here and I don’t want to spark a debate, so back to the point… Now the question is how do I show an image of summer dreams, quiet, relaxation and freedom to do what I want all day without scheduling….?
How about this shot? Off into the sunset and a winding road that can lead to endless possibilities. What do you think?
Thanks to the Weekly Image of Life Photo Challenge from Island Traveller over at This Man’s Journey. Check it out to see more examples of dreams and freedoms or to join in and post your own.