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Everyone is free to his or her vision of what freedom means! Your PHOTO4FREEDOM and freedom stories are the driving force behind ALL4FREEDOM's user-generated-content or should we say IAM4FREEDOM Hero-generated-content. There is an hero behind every story and a story behind every hero. Together they form the community's collection of freedom-related photos, visions and anecdotes. Here are our heroes opening up about what freedom means for them. Feel free to find your friends by using the search functionality and click on any of the images to go straight to their profile and read all full freedom stories. Enjoy the our IAM4FREEDOM Hero's hall of fame and freedom!
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My name is Paula de Boer. For me, freedom is living my life the way I want. It makes me happy having the right to live my life the way I want in a beautiful, wealthy and democratic state such as The Netherlands, where one is free in having an opinion as long as it is respectful to other people. I enjoy being a loved wife and mother and I feel rich being healthy and to have enough money for buying food and drinks and the opportunity to go wherever I want. Having my own PR business, also gives me joy, independence and self esteem. My 'stereotype' Dutch image clearly displays how, in Holland, I feel free! IAM4FREEDOM!
Paula de Boer
To explore my creativity in any form without restrictions, that for me is freedom. IAM4FREEDOM!
Erik Teljeur
Freedom for me means a view, space. At least, that is the physical manifestation of freedom.

Where there is space, you can go wherever you want. You are free to choose. This definition, for me anyway, is also carried into other levels of reality. When there is opportunity—space—to be authentic, to fully express yourself, you are free to BE yourself. When there is space in the mind, one is not limited by dogma, delusion, belief and a conditioned self-image. There are no mental objects, thoughts, in your own mind to limit yourself. When there is auditory space—silence—one is free to think clearly. Freedom of speech is a space for everyone to express their thoughts, without anything in place to confine you when you do.

Where there is space—whether it be literally or metaphorically—there are no limits, no boundaries, no opposing forces. There is nothing manifest to stop you from doing and being whatever you want. Space is opportunity. That, for me, is what freedom is all about. IAM4FREEDOM!
Benjamin de Vries
you can be your true self, whenever, wherever. IAM4FREEDOM!
Astrid Oosenbrug
Freedom for me means,  responsibility.
Freedom is something we take for granted but it is not.

As a managing director from ALL4FREEDOM, I feel responsible for bringing the knowledge that the freedom, which we have (more or less in countries like in The Netherlands) is something we must cherish and should share with others; otherwise, it is a freedom, which we keep to ourselves.
Freedom is a temporary status and to safeguard it, we must fight for it. Freedom starts with yourself, as does awareness. Enjoy your freedom but don't forget that others don't have the same right.

Being able to understand others, can make us all free. We must work together, we need to communicate with each other to reach something and I think it is of great importance to preserve the freedom we now have. There are many aspects, such as, freedom of speech and internet that are far from being free.

2 freedom-related quotes that I have always liked are: ??"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." "Bob Dylan"
"In our struggle for freedom truth is the only weapon we possess." Dalai lama"

Not only as a manager but also as a singer-songwriter, performer and composer, I do feel it is my duty to share something more than a good-time performance, it is a meaningful moment for freedom of expression.
Atreya Pedrosa
For me it means I can do what I want when I want to, without hindering others in their freedom. Physically, it means I can ride my MTB and be a master of the trails, feeling free in the forests and fields and being one with nature while enjoying my favourite sport. It also means I fly our nations flag on Liberation Day (5th of may) to commemorate all those who gave up their freedom and their very lives to Ensure my freedom and that of my offspring. However, my freedom ends where another man's unfreedom starts: it should never be allowed to hamper another being in it's freedom. Freedom means respect for boundaries as well ... IAM4FREEDOM!
Paul Klever
Freedom means having a choice! A choice to talk about what you want, marry who you want, love who you want, travel to where you want, believe in what you want, have a job that you are good at and makes you happy! This is freedom, choices! IAM4FREEDOM!
Marianne Aalders
Freedom can have many different meanings to different people. To me, the ultimate feeling of freedom has to with the ability to feel free enough to completely act independently of my surroundings and do my own thing while respecting the peers around me. The freedom to dance all the way to the front of a festival like no one is watching. The freedom to explore and travel and to go on adventures whenever I please. The freedom to speak my mind. However, it is important to be aware of this privilege called ‘freedom’ which is often taken for granted by many. I wish for everyone to be and feel free, regardless of your gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference and so on. IAM4FREEDOM!
Marthe van der Weg
Throughout my youth, in retrospect, freedom is something I seem to have taken for granted. Living in Amsterdam, feeling free is as easy as driving your bike to work or wear purple hair - if you just don't care. I love how I can go get groceries barefooted or walk without a shirt, when it is warm and I don't feel like having to overdress to impress. Wearing a skirt or make-up, wigs or long hear or even nothing at all, as nudity is another form of freedom. Then there is the freedom of dancing to well-mixed house music. Without limitations of pre-practiced choreography or any rule whatsoever on how you should dance, moving to the music of dedicated DJ’s, is yet another freedom thingy for me.

It was not until I met many Tibetan refugees in the Himalayas, that I became fully aware of the importance of freedom. Unfortunately, freedom proves not at all universal.

As a meditational coach, with MEDITATE4FREEDOM, I practice compassion towards others and help them walk the path of inner freedom (free from fear, stress, anger and so forth).

Furthermore, I feel that outer freedom (human rights & the right to be yourself) can be achieved if we all become aware of freedom and ALL unite for the common cause. As the managing director of ALL4FREEDOM, I believe I have my work cut out for me and will try to live up to my task of inspiring individuals to come and co-create the community that I'll lead to realizing a respectful, 'live and let live' freedom-filled future. IAM4FREEDOM!
Jeroen Aalders
I am Janny and IAM4FREEDOM! For me, freedom is: when I have the right to live my life the way I want, as long as I respect the same rights of everyone else. The right to share your opinion; to feel free; to be without obligations; to go wherever you want to go; the feeling that no one states your behaviour; respect for each other; a necessity to give through; equality; freedom should be respected; precious; a privilege! Of course, I am posing with fake fur as I take a stand against cruelty to animals, they should be free as well! IAM4FREEDOM!
Janny Smits
To be your true self. IAM4FREEDOM!
Ray Selby
The right to be yourself. IAM4FREEDOM!
Lenie Doets

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