Yesterday was Independence Day in the U.S, honoring the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. We celebrate the birth of our country with fireworks, parades, picnics, concerts, fairs, festivals, and family reunions. Quite a marvelous occasion!
But what about personal independence?
According to the dictionary, independence means:
“Not controlled by others”
“To think or act for oneself”
“Capable of acting for oneself or on one’s own”
Independence does not mean we do only for ourselves but that we freely choose what we want to do for ourselves and for others. We give up being ruled by “shoulds,” “and “have to’s” and freely, independently choose.
I like the sounds of that. Do you?
By the time we reach our sixties, many of us have claimed our personal independence. Our responsibilities and obligations to kids, work, and parents have diminished or disappeared. It’s finally our turn!
If you haven’t already done so, perhaps now is the time for you. Make this your own Personal Independence Day. Declare your right to do whatever you really want to do with your life, to spend your days in ways that nurture and fulfill you.
What do you think?