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Experience Freedom.

I got an email from my good friend Shalyn last week that said: “AMAZING. Please write a blog post about it. People are incredible. Gosh 120 years ago we couldn’t fly. Now we base jump.”  And then there was a link to this video,

As the maid of honor in her wedding this summer, I’m learning that whatever Shalyn asks for, Shalyn gets.  (Just kidding, Shay.  All for a blog chuckle, I promise!).  Anyways, the video – called Experience Freedom – is a beautiful, soul-capturing montage of people sky-diving, base jumping, and wing-suiting.

“A bird is most free when it’s flying.”  I couldn’t find who originally said this, but we discussed it in my C.S. Lewis class while defining freedom as a creature living according to its nature.  We are most free when we are doing what we were created for.  This is straightforward with a bird, or even an inanimate tool.  A hammer, you could say, is most free when it’s being used to hang up a picture.

But humans aren’t birds.  We weren’t made to fly.  So why call a video of people (essentially) flying “Experience Freedom?”  What – in base jumping – captures the human experience of freedom?  What’s here that points us to what we were made for?

Watching this video I experience:  Adventure.  Letting go.  Beauty.  Community.  Peace.

When do you feel the most free and what does it tell you about what you were made to do?  Go and do more of that.  Or in reverse: When have you experienced adventure, letting go, beauty, community, or peace?  Do you equate those things with freedom?  What if you did?

(This idea is sort of an extension of a post I wrote a while back about snowboarding.)


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


One thought on “Experience Freedom.

  1. Gosh, I DO love that video, so thank you for the post.

    To answer your question of when I feel the most free and what that tells me about what I was made to do, I think that my answer depends. It depends on what stage of life I am in and what questions are sitting in my heart. But I feel most when those questions in my heart disappear, at least for a moment, during a certain experience, while with a certain person, or when I realize something new that changes me question.

    As an aside, that video also got to me because I saw people who dared and then survived. There must have been something inside of them that said, gosh, I need to do that, and they did, despite how insane it seemed.

    Posted by Shalyn Hockey | February 19, 2012, 5:42 PM

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