The basic step in achieving inward freedom is “choosing one’s self.”
This strange sounding phrase of Kierkegaard’s means to affirm one’s responsibility for one’s self and one’s existence.
It is the attitude which is opposite to blind momentum or routine existence; it is an attitude of aliveness or decisiveness; it means that one recognizes that he exists in his particular spot in the universe, and he accepts the responsibility for his existence.
This is what Nietzsche meant by the “will to live”; not simply the instinct for self-preservation, but the will to accept the fact that one is one’s self, and to accept responsibility for fulfilling one’s destiny, which in turn implies accepting the fact that one must make his basic choices himself.
~ Rollo May