Freedom is not doing whatever you want to do anytime. Freedom is being able to do anytime what you love to do.
Whatever you want to do may bring you temporary happiness, but not long lasting peace. Whatever you love to do always brings you peace.
Once you know what you love to do and can put your full focus into it, it will bring you both peace and prosperity. Then you will not be troubled by either guilt of underachievement or worry of uncertain future. That makes you free of the limitations of your circumstances.
When every individual achieves this freedom, the society and the world will be automatically peaceful and prosperous where nobody competes with others, but only compete with one’s yesterday self.
The greatest illusion in life is to think that our freedom depends on
other people and objects in our surrounding. The point I am making is:
our freedom lies in our mind. Therefore, degree of our freedom depends directly on the level of our consciousness.
Elevation of consciousness can be done in many ways. The
easiest way is by Love and the toughest way is by Knowledge. Hence, I
have suggested to achieve freedom in our daily life by using love. Love based on expectation of returns is bondage, not freedom. So, love (for people or activity) is to be understood in the light of the following quote:
and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you
love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is
not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel
that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know
freedom.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurthi
Depending on one's inclination, one can choose Knowledge to attain
freedom. However, this knowledge is not ordinary knowing, it is all-pervading knowing as beautifully described in the following quote:
practicing until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in
the child starving, in the political prisoner. Practice until you
recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner,
in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you
see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with
the whole of your being.
If you are fully present, the rain of Dharma will water the deepest
seeds in your consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the
dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love
and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
In essence, freedom is living in the present moment fully or "mindfulness".