First off, I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July! While you are celebrating, take a few minutes to thank those that have allowed us to have Independence and reflect on what Independence means for you personally.
As I was doing my morning walk this morning, I couldn’t help thinking about what independence means for me:
Independence as a nation – I am thankful to live in the USA and for all the independence that I enjoy because our fore fathers had the insight to draft and ratify the Constitution. I am especially thankful to all those in the Arm Forces, Civil Services and Government that work and sacrifice every day so that we can enjoy our freedom. (ok not everyone in the Government – but you know what I mean!)
Independence as a person – I am thankful to my parents for raising me in an environment where Independence, free thinking and “risk taking” were encouraged. Their example has made a huge difference in the person I am today.
Independence as a parent – I am thankful to my children that tested their independence (leading to a few gray hairs!) and boundaries that lead them to grow up into successful young adults. Their willingness to try new things and take risks inspires me and makes me proud of them every day.
Financial Independence – First let me be clear I haven’t achieved financial independence but I have learned the value of saving and being thrifty. I am thankful I learned the adage, “pay yourself first” at a young age and have continued to save to achieve my goals. I am thankful to my grandparents and parents for teaching me that experiences and adventure are much more lasting and enjoyable than material things could ever be. “Less is More” in my book – smaller house, less stuff, less clothes and hopefully less stress!
Health Independence – I am thankful for finding doctors that work with me and set plans in place to keep me healthy and medication free whenever possible. In a world full of pill pushers and “quick” remedies, I am lucky to have found a path that keeps me in shape and healthy.
Independence as a Woman – I am thankful for the inspiration of my mother, my female bosses and all the Empowered Women I know for showing me a world where woman can be appreciated and respected. With so many women struggling in the world just for the rights to live free, vote and be equal, I am so thankful for the opportunities that I have come my way. I am also especially thankful for the men in my life that allow me to speak my mind and push me to achieve more in my career and my life.
Please share with me what Independence means on this special day. Enjoy!