Although "Braveheart" contained many historical inaccuracies, it was a damn good movie. William Wallace fought for freedom, for justice, for independence. He made a choice that living in the shadow of another man’s rule was not living at all.
As a young man, I often behaved to please the crowd, to impress the leadership. I was one you could count on to stay between the lines, and to do that I had to hold my tongue. As the years wore on, I found out that living under someone else's thumb was a cheap life. Why? Because it was not real, it was fake. Just like some knock-off Rolex watch sold in the dark alleys of New York City.
What is the freedom to be ourselves? Many people are so blinded by the burden of paying their monthly bills, they don't have time to explore the life they live.
Some of us will have an awakening that propels us toward an authentic future. One of those "I've had enough" reality-checks where you free yourself to live, to be yourself, no longer concerned with what the world will say. You get to be real and the cheapness goes away overnight.
Some have this realization early in their lives, some have it late, and as William Wallace said, some never have it.