If you’re a regular reader of my blog or follower of my social media channels, you will know that I have a passion for birds. In fact, this blog is named after my favourite bird- the magpie.
I admire birds for their ability to travel wherever they like whenever they like (well, the ones that can fly). It’s the ultimate definition of freedom.
Chlobo recently got in touch with me to ask whether I would like to help promote their beautiful collection of silver bracelets. They are UK-based based and all their jewellery is made in the UK, too. The pieces are influenced by boho style and the range features iconic pendants and charms including Hamsa and tassels.
I’m not really into charms and sentimental icons, yet the feather charm caught my attention as I scrolled through their range. The feather has long represented freedom and feathers have been an important part of many cultures and civilisation including the Native Americans and the Papua New Guinea tribes. The feather charm felt like the obvious choice for me. I chose the Noodle Disc Feather Bracelet which truly is a stunning piece and I say that honestly- not because I’ve been told to endorse the brand!
You can view the Chlobo bracelet range here.
While thinking more about the feather and its symbolism of freedom, I considered the meaning of ‘freedom’ itself. Being outdoors is often associated with freedom and outdoors is where I feel free.
I asked members of Outdoor Bloggers what freedom is to them.
For me, freedom is that feeling which I have whilst gazing from the ridge of the mountain, surrounded by pure silence
Daniela | Go Straight Ahead
For me, freedom is standing on top of a cliff alone, watching the waves crash below listening to and feeling the wind howl.
Suzanne Easton | Somerset Garden
For me, freedom is not living by the clock. Having the rare chance to lose all track of time, and be totally absorbed in simply being. Eating when I feel like it and no real agenda but to walk and explore.
Shell Robshaw-Bryan | Camping With Style
For me, freedom is the right to explore without deadlines or having to meet someone else’s approval. High on a hill, alone in a tent or ambling along a right of way as the daylight fades.
Olly Parry-Jones | Olly Outdoors
For me, freedom is anywhere you feel that sense of being in control of every aspect of your life in that moment – being able to take things at your own pace, on your own terms. For me personally, I normally find freedom somewhere in nature with no phone signal and either just myself or possibly with a friend/partner/family member, where we can take things as they come, as and when. I love disconnecting from the world
Iona Nelson | Tents Trees and Bumble Bees
For me, freedom is being away from the expectations of daily life. No phones, no routines, no deadlines and all those things that tie you to 9-5 work. For me, it’s simply knowing I’ve got everything I need in my backpack and feasting my senses on the beauty of the natural world we live in, just pootling about and being in the moment.
Stacey Wilcox | An Outdoors Family
For me, freedom is unplugging and getting away from the daily grind with my little ‘wolf pack’, i.e. my husband and 4 kids, and going back to nature and a simpler way of life. No school run, no housework, no phone. Just the six of us, and my camera, outdoors.
Annette Kelly | Four Acorns
Freedom is doing the things you love with the people (furry ones included) you love, often.
Chelsea Haden | Loving Life in Wellies
I can relate to all of these wonderful definitions of freedom. Although each person has shared their own take on freedom, there’s a clear theme throughout; escaping from the routines and responsibilities of everyday life and into the outdoors, living in the moment and appreciating the small things.
To me, freedom is standing on the top of a mountain, looking out across open country for miles and miles. When I stand up there, I feel like everything else is so far away; worries, responsibilities, crowds…everything. It makes me feel calm and I consider how insignificant every person, animal and plant are, yet collectively we are all one on this small planet within the uncertain vastness of the universe.
Bit deep, eh?
What is ‘freedom to you’