When in the course of human events....
As a nation, the United States declared its independence from Britain over 230 years ago. I've been thinking this 4th of July weekend about independence on a more personal level. First, I'll say that being independent does not equal being alone, in fact I couldn't think about declaring independence from these things without my wife and partner - I'm thinking more about things I want to break away from.
I want to declare independence from holding myself back; sounds trite and very "successory" I know but sometimes there's a grain of truth in there. I will say that I've already done some work in that area and I feel lighter than I have in years. Some of that is physical, I'm literally lighter than I have been in a while - I'm a stress eater so getting into great shape tells me that I'm on the rigth track. My soul feels lighter too. My son has made great strides in school - he made honor roll 3 out of 4 times this year and I could not be more proud. My wife and I have also been tossing out some literal and emotional junk that we've held onto for years. It's amazing how when you dump, slough and toss all that extraneous crap out, you're able to focus on what's really important and what really makes you happy.
So I'm declaring my independence from the following:
- From quantity over quality
- From things that suck life out of you instead of building you up
- From fearing to succeed
- From not trusting people - especially people I really should trust
There's more I'm sure but that's a good start. So since we're here, about halfway through the year and consequently about halfway from our New Year's Resolutions, I think this is a good time to think about declaring independence. I'd like to encourage all my non-US friends to join in too :) What will you be declaring independence from?