What does Independence Day mean to you? On a national scale it represents the birth of a nation. However, after 236 years, it’s difficult to relate to desiring independence from the British. After all, they are now our best friends and ally, and none of us remember ever being enemies with the Brits. I mean really, who could be angry with the Queen? And where would we be without tea and scones, gin and tonic, or the original Mini Cooper? Not to mention their keen sense of humor and dry wit.
Perhaps Independence Day has a more personal meaning to you. From whom or what have you gained your independence? Maybe you moved on from a meaningless job, an unkind boss, or a bad relationship. Or maybe you’re working on it. Give yourself a pat on the back for earning even the smallest bit of independence, and continue striving to gain more self-determination while retaining your individuality.
Your independence is not free from burden. It comes with responsibilities and accountability. By definition it means not blaming others for decisions you make, and actions you take. Whether you enjoy independence in your personal or business life, the course you choose to steer defines who you are.
And yes, I’m also grateful for the country’s independence. I don’t really like tea, and scones need too much butter and jam to be palatable. Besides, I like burgers and ice cream.
I raise my glass and join you in celebrating whatever level of independence you have achieved. Here’s to you being YOU.
P.S. What form of independence are you grateful to have in your life? Share your thoughts here on my blog!