“You need only the courage to follow your heart.”
This line was used in “Letters To Juliet” when Claire reads Sophie’s letter in her marriage ceremony. Though entire letter is worth to be here but this line catches me as I have been trying to seek a room for being totally free. She used ‘courage’ to tell her what she need to do. Yes. Following heart is not so easy. First of all, many of us don’t know what their heart wants, second; if they know, they ignore it after some times under social-financial-cultural restrictions (boundaries).
Following to heart really really needs Courage, and it’s not for cowards and ignorants who even don’t know what their heart wants to them. Cowards painfully change their ways what society teaches them to follow readymade paths and not to break rules. Being courageous is a sign of a Freeman. I remember “300” where King Leonidas asks Queen Gorgo what to do when his law and courtiers are against him, Queen Gorgo replys him that the question is not of what a Spartan citizen should do, nor a husband, nor a king. Instead, she says, “ask yourself, my dearest love, what should a free man do?”
“What should a Free Man do?”
He should follow his heart.
I admit I never been a Freeman after my transforming years (19-25). I must be free after those experiences and at this age, I’m still behaving as a sheep with no intellect, no courage and no money, confused and seeking way to get out of it.
What stops one to follow his heart?
– poor financial conditions
– social circumstances
– cultural boundations
– peer pressure
– feeling inferior
– fear of imaginary failure
– fear of losing comforts
– family (of course part of society)
Maybe I couldn’t count all reasons stops one to follow his heart but, if one could be a bit ‘courageous’ his life would be changed. Happy is one who follows his heart and not listening what others are saying about him, or what people would call him, etc. In fact, months before our birth, they decide our religion, nationality, caste, sect, and after birth we are forced to be what they wanted us to be and stay rest of our life. Ashraf Barhom says, ” When we attach ourselves to national identities, then we enter into a cycle of conflict, I didn’t choose where I was born or who to be or what people would call me. I’m a hybrid, from a cultural perspective, but I don’t think in these terms. I’m more simple than that. I’m a mammal who will live 70 years, more or less, who believes in God and likes his life.” Almost same thoughts both Krishnamurties (JK & UG) had.
Being courageous proves there is fear and warrior is aware, and that makes him more attentive and focused to win the battle. Warrior is not who ignores fear but one who accept and overcomes it.
One who is in love, knows where his heart is going for, but generally we leave it because we cannot cross social boundaries or there are financial differences. Everybody knows what he wants, only if he doesn’t ignore it. At least, we can let our heart be following for what it wants. One must ignore (better remove) these social-financial-cultural boundations and follow his heart. There is no Right Or Wrong but only emotions, and if one is aware about his emotion, he must follow his heart, that needs Courage and only a Free man (who can rebel if needed) can do that.
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