On a day like today, it just seemed like an appropriate topic. It seems we spend so much time trying to be "a part of"--a part of a group, a part of a workplace, a part of whatever activity is going on--that the idea of independence sometimes eludes us. So today, on Independence Day, I focus a little on what's pretty good about not always being "a part of," of being a little independent.
1. When you're independent, you can decide when you're getting up, when
you're getting out, when you're coming home. Well, maybe not always, but
you're far less bound by the "when's" that other people have set up.
2. When you're independent, you can decide what's important, what's
miss-able, and what requires your attention. Well, maybe not always, but
you're far less controlled by other people's "what's."
3. When you're independent, you go where you like, you work where you
like, you rest where you like. Well, not always, but you find yourself,
at least some of the time, in places that make you happy.
4. When you're independent, you think about why you're doing what you
are, why you're not doing the things you're not, why you're always
having to think. So much "why" isn't easy, but sometimes it beats just
doing without "why."
5. When you're independent, there is often a question of how you'll get
by, how you'll handle the next challenge, how you'll move from one thing
to the next. But sometimes, "how" keeps you creative. "How" keeps you
open-minded. "How" keeps you thinking.
So, on this Independence Day, I celebrate the challenges of
independence, and the rewards that go along. It may not always be the
easiest road, but sometimes, it gives you celebrations along the way,
and fireworks if you hang in long enough.