Be Free: Alex Lash's Fresh Story

anna hanke

Posted on July 17 2014


1) What does being FREE mean to you? As an individual? As a global citizen?

For me being free is having the ability to exist how you want and being able to pursue whatever aspirations speak to you. Freedom is about being able to create a life that is authentic and genuine.

I am currently doing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, but have done music and worked in the hospitality and night life industry. I love music more than anything, but at the end of the day music is about people and feelings. I chose to shift my career towards psychology because it fulfills me in a similar way and leaves less room for me ending up with a guitar case at Penn station at age 57.

While I was doing music I always worked in restaurants- which is highly psychological. If you can work in a restaurant, you can do anything.  I am currently the Maitre D at the Surf Lodge in Montauk for the summer, and my day to day is very similar to seeing a client. Across the board people just want to feel acknowledged and heard.

2) We want to hear your Fresh Story! When was the last time you were FREE?

Yesterday I was driving and I had an epiphany. I realized there was something I kept doing in my life that I did not like. And then I decided- I'm not going to ever do that again. It was that simple! But up until that point I had been struggling with not being able to make this change. However, in that moment, I realized I could. It's good to remind yourself that you have volition over your choices and actions. I believe in making the most out of what we can control. 

3) We find you inspiring, how would you share your encourage your readers to be FREE, too?  Do you have any tips or challenges for them? We would love it if you would share!

If I could challenge people to do one thing it would be to show that they care. To me - there is no better quality than someone who is confident enough to act like a true human being with a heart. I dare everyone to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

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