In the United States in the 1800’s, the term “free-range” was commonplace. Traditional American usage equates “free-range” with “unfenced,” and with the implication that there was no herdsman keeping livestock together or managing them in any way.
With the proliferation of fencing and the desire to keep poachers at bay, “free-range” quickly became a thing of the past. As of 2013, only Oklahoma practices this age-old tradition. But not only livestock has become “fenced in”.
Have you constructed a life constrained by limitations and the restrictions of others … constrained by fences?
Or are you living “free-range” … on your own terms, free of a herdsman?