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Kelly's World | Free to do what exactly?

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

"I'm free to be whatever I, whatever I choose and I'll sing the blues if I want ... - You're free to be wherever you, wherever you please you can shoot the breeze if you want." - 'Whatever' by Oasis

Today is Independence Day, and I'm not sure how many people really grasp the significance of the freedom.

Think about countries where you can't worship as you see fit, you can't party like you want, and you even have to dress a certain way.

Not sure the average Jamaican could live in a country where even the slightest negative statement about the government could get you thrown in jail.

Or how about state-controlled social-media usage? Can you imagine some of our social-media personalities being required to have their videos and other posts vetted?

I'm not telling people how to run their lands, I'm just saying I'm glad Jamaica's laws (most of them anyway) aren't so 'weird'.




Granted, some people abuse the freedoms they have, and that makes it bad for the rest of us.

Some Jamaicans take things to the extremes like moderation is a sin.

So if the party is scheduled to go until 2 a.m., they quarrel that it could have ended at 3 a.m. If it's scheduled for 3, some people are going to ask if it can go to 4, and so on.

Now the downside to 'personal independence' is that the many options at your disposal can drive you insane as you try to pick one or a few.

Because Jamaica is a free country, and because we're in an age where there are so many opportunities, citizens are free to pursue pretty much any dream, entrepreneurial or otherwise.

The problem is I think I set the bar a tad too low when I was growing up. Either that or I'm a simple person to please (I doubt the latter one, to be honest).

You see, I think I've kinda got to the point now where I'm like, "now what?" I'm free to do so many things, but can't seem to decide on what.

Start your own business, people say. Well it's a thought, but what would it be?

When it comes to study, there are so many ways to get 'proper' degrees, whether online, part-time, or whatever.

Plus, there are more institutions offering world-recognised programmes than when I was in school.

But therein lies the other problem. What would I do? Business management? Psychology? Something focusing on social media and the latest technology?

The 'personal' stuff? Don't get me started.

It's kinda like someone who has a bunch of parking spaces to choose from and spends 10 minutes trying different ones.

If there was only one space available, you know they would take it and that would be the end of that.

Life is full of choices and you're free to actually make those choices.

So choose wisely, and as the quote goes from The Scorpion King, "Live free ... die well" (or at least as best you can).


- Link me at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com