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Finding your Independence

We’re all hearing a lot about Independence this week, mostly in terms of our country. We’ll hear news and commentary about the founding of the USA, the declaration of Independence and our forefathers. That’s all great stuff, and it’s always good to be reminded of history, but what about Independence as a broader topic? What does it mean to you?

For some of us, it means living on our own. Creating a life outside of our parents’ lives, our schools, and our work. For some it means financial stability, not being dependent on anyone but yourself for income. For some it’s a sense of liberation you feel after leaving a relationship or graduating from school. And for some it’s merely the freedom of being comfortable with who you are as a person.

Independence can mean different things to different people, but the through line is always freedom. Do you have the freedom to be the person you want to be? If so, how to you keep that feeling alive? If you’re not sure if you’ve become your ideal self yet, do you know what’s in your way?

We are all beholden to certain things that can feel stifling to our Independence: finances, family, even the cities where we make our homes. One suggestion on how to thwart that feeling? Do something you enjoy. No, seriously. If you have a hobby or a passion, do whatever you can to make time for it, and put effort into what makes you happy.

Let this Independence Day be your Independence Day, too.