Having a job doesn’t make you independent. You have to dig deeper into the person you are to accomplish this goal. Think about your life at its conclusion. Who is the person you want to be known as; what characteristics do you want others to recall of you? One of the greatest steps you can take towards true independence is considering this question. Once you’ve decided the answer, it’s your job to LIVE it.
It’s said that you must love the person you are before anyone else can. This is true. Fully loving and respecting yourself comes from having a total understanding of what your personal constitution stands for. Knowing your morals – what’s right or wrong, your goals in life, your values, and living them everyday defines you as independent. You can have a great job and have zero debt, but if you live a lifestyle that is influenced by others’ judgments and opinions...what you are is DEPENDENT; you’re headed in the wrong direction! TURN AROUND!
Once you are capable of truly feeling comfortable in your own skin, you can make the conscious effort to become INTERdependent. This evolution is the first step in developing deep and personal relationships around you.
My point: Independence is not about owning anything but yourself and the actions you make every day. Each decision you make is based on a moral compass driven by your personal constitution – not by the opinions or influence of others. Rather than putting your foot down and fist held high in the air, your next step is to use your self-confidence to build relationships that are developed upon shared values and similar constitutions. Happy Interdependence Day!