What Freedom Means to Me
Topics: Cuba, Democracy / Pages: 8 (1820 words) / Published: Apr 6th, 2013

What Freedom Means to Me:
An American Ideal Defined Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Intro to U.S. History 101-03 Prof. Paul Elovitz
Claudia Molina February 1, 2013
Cmolina1@ramapo.edu
201-491-4761

Freedom means many different things to many people, but to me it means I can live in a country that believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I mean this is the “Land of the Free”. However, these are things that not everyone can experience. Freedom to me also means I can make my own decisions when it comes to my life; decisions that can make or break my future life. Freedom also gives me the chance to make my own mistakes regarding of my life and my futures. I guess the government does believe in us that maybe that is why they made the legal age 18 instead of any other age. To me having freedom also means that I do not have to listen to my parents and teachers, well to some extent, because if it was not for them I would have not gotten to where I am today. The good thing about having freedom is that I can choose what major I want to study and then I can change my mind later on in life and change it again. This is something that other countries do not have. As a college freshman, I still define freedom through my teenage eyes, even though I am no long a teen. Going back to “Land of the Free”, I find it incredible and motivating how the idea of freedom has grown, changed, and has adapted through the years. It is funny to think that the freedom we have in present day America is not the same as it was when our founding fathers founded the United States of America. Not only has the view on freedom changed through the years but it has also changed through how younger people view the world compared to older people. For example older generation such as, traditionalist, baby boomers, and generation x have always viewed the world with optimism and my generation, millennial, view this world being realistic. We are more realistic about the world and

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