Freedom Lies in Being Bold

Adrian S. Potter
5 min readJul 4

Embrace life’s uncharted paths.

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In the vast tapestry of life, stitched together with the sometimes-frayed threads of dreams and aspirations, there exists a profound truth:

“Freedom lies in being bold.”

Robert Frost, the acclaimed American poet, captured this essence with his timeless quote, urging us to unlock the shackles of fear and conformity.

Throughout life, I have learned to embrace the transformative power of boldness, recognizing its ability to spark the flame of possibility and point the way toward uncharted paths.

From a young age, people taught me to play it safe, to follow the well-trodden path before me. Like many, I was taught success lay in adhering to societal norms and expectations, and deviating from them would only lead to disappointment.

However, as I matured and experienced the world with my own eyes, I began questioning this construct. I witnessed people who dared to take intelligent, calculated risks, defied conventions and pursued their passions with unwavering determination.

Those folks leave an indelible mark on the world. They are who I want to emulate.

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Embracing boldness does not mean recklessness or impulsiveness. Rather, it is a deliberate act of accepting uncertainty and venturing beyond the boundaries of comfort.

It is about mustering the courage to ditch the status quo, question what feels familiar, and embark on unconventional routes to get to paydirt. Boldness, in its essence, is the art of trekking where others fear to go, for it is by pioneering those unexplored territories that we discover true independence.

I remember when I decided to step into the realm of the unknown with creative writing.

It was a pivotal moment, tinged with both trepidation and excitement. I had a stable job, but the monotony of routine had suffocated my soul. I had cast aside writing during college and graduate school, knowing I could not pass the challenging curriculum of civil engineering and business administration while…

Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·