To many of us, freedom is being able to do what you want and go where you want to go. Choosing your religion, traveling to places, or eating the food you want. It is when you are able to speak, think and act without restraint, without hesitation, without hindrance.
Freedom is like being a dolphin swimming playfully in the water and enjoying every moment as you swim to places, twirling around and leaping over the ocean.
Freedom is the ability to enjoy life to the fullest, openly.
Today, as we celebrate Freedom Day, let us not only remember the federal observance commemorating the reunification of loved ones separated by the Iron Curtain and differing ideologies of communism in Eastern and Central Europe, let us also remember NOT to take our freedom for granted.
This year taught us how valuable freedom truly is. With the pandemic, wildfires, and other calamities, there were a lot of instances where we had to stay indoors for our safety. Not having the freedom to go around, travel, and party made a lot of us feel like we’re going crazy when we should be thankful that this “lack of freedom” is only temporary. Other parts of the world are not yet as free as we are, and other creatures like marine animals are being robbed off of their freedom as we consume and use them for entertainment. And yet, here we are, asked to stay a few days indoors and it’s already taking its toll on us. The next time you are able to travel or even go to the grocery, think of all the people who aren’t free, all the animals that aren’t free, and just be glad that you live in the land of the free.
The dolphin is one of our favorite sea creatures because it symbolizes freedom, willfulness, joy, and playfulness. Madison Ashley has dolphin inspired pieces to help remind you to be grateful of the freedom you enjoy. Check out our dolphin-inspired picks of the month and gift yourself a reminder of freedom!
Winter the dolphin, Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s resident dolphin. Unfortunately, she cannot be released due to a variety of reasons.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care. The organization responds to a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, whales, porpoises, sea turtles, manatees, and North American river otters.
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