Exploring the Essence of Freedom Through a Child’s Perspective

George Kalantzis
5 min readJul 4

What is freedom?” my curious seven-year-old daughter, Melina, asks. Her innocent curiosity fills the air, and I’m excited to engage in this profound conversation with her.

“That’s an excellent question, Melina,” I respond with a warm smile. “Freedom means being able to do what I want, when I want, with whoever I want, without rules.”

Melina’s eyes widen in surprise, questioning the absence of rules in this concept of freedom.

I gather my thoughts. “Melina, life does come with rules, but they aren’t set by someone else. The rules are set by the choices we make and the experiences we go through. These rules reflect who we are and what we believe in life.”

As Melina absorbs my explanation, she furrows her brow and asks, “But are we really free, Daddy?”With unwavering certainty, I reassure her, “Yes, my dear, we are freer than ever before.

Freedom is a gift we have within ourselves.

It means we can use our thoughts and imagination to dream big and create the life we want. We can shape our journey according to our desire and beliefs with whatever colors we want.

However, it’s also important to understand that freedom also means responsibility. We must learn to take responsibility for our decisions and learn from them.”

Melina’s eyes sparkle with curiosity and a thirst for understanding. She ponders the meaning of freedom in her young mind. I’m grateful for this moment of connection and growth as we embark on a journey to explore the concept together.

Freedom is an inherent longing within each of us. It pulls us towards its allure, and we constantly strive to attain it. Ironically, we often fail to recognize freedom even when it is at our doorstep.

This paradox perplexes us because freedom can be an elusive chase, much like many things in life.

When we yearn for freedom, we often associate it with external factors like wealth or material possessions. However, true freedom lies not in accumulating material wealth but in experiencing life.

The meaningful conversations we have with loved ones, the moments of connection and joy we encounter, and the…

George Kalantzis

George is a professional storyteller, a dad to a sassy and adventurous six-year-old girl, and the author Of Nowhere To Go