Monday, July 5, 2010

Getting to Know You: Independence

Both Canada and the United States had their independence celebrations recently, so let's take a little time to think about what independence really means to us.

Do you crave independence as an individual, or do you fear it? Do you lean on others, or do others depend on you?

Do you live in a place where personal independence is valued? Have you always felt free, or have you had to fight? Is there any day in particular that you think of as a personal Independence Day?

7 comments:

Erin Moore (Vanessa Pyre) said...

Yeah, I want independence. And no, I don't have it. What do you expect, I'm a teenager. I don't lean on people; I don't want to be that weak. I don't want to have to depend on someone else to get what I want. This is supposed to be the Land of the Free, right? Well, free is what I want. Free from other people; free from being tied down; free from needing someone else. I'm a loner, and that's independence to me. You want to know me? I'm a firecracker that lights her own fuse. Please stay back 100 ft when I go BOOM!

Candy said...

I thought I was getting my independence when I left home and wnt to London to live with my boyfriend. That ended up being even worse, trailing him and his friends about, waiting for him to come home after a gig, usually strung out on drugs. So I took off for the US bur that wasn't independence either, living in Great Aunt's house, no way of taking off by myself. Not that I wanted to. Then she died in the middle of our trip.Am I independent now? No, don't I have this itinerary to follow? I'm starting to think Independence is an illusion. Maybe the mind is the only place it can really live. I think that to be truly independent a person must settle for being very lonely.

Aidan said...

Independent? I live in a walled town in the mountains where I grew up with a bunch of demons who I'm supposed to be leading but who mostly give ME the orders.

Independent. Ha.

Candy said...

Why did my comment disappear? Twas there yesterday. No great loss I'm sure...

Kaelin said...

I guess the day of the Apocalypse is our day of independence from You-Know-Who. He doesn't come around anymore and we don't expect Him to come back. Now it's gang warfare. Not a bad way to live or die, to my mind. Better than rotting behind town walls.

I like to fight and now that I'm a Sentinel Ranger, I'm free to fight as much as I like. So there is that...

Aidan said...

Candy, I can see your comment.

rosy said...

ever since i've moved out of my parent's house i've been feeling more independent.paying bills and having a job that is about 7 hours a day.it feels good to be free not feeling like a child anymore.-jennifer h.(r1)