Happy Birthday America!
In conjunction with Independence Day I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate all of my independent women. Let’s take a look at what it means to be independent. Dictionary.com defines Independence as the state or quality of being independent (not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.) It also describes independence as freedom from the support, aid or the like, of others. In less conventional terms Urban Dictionary (LOL) defines an Independent Woman as a woman who pays her own bills, buys her own things, and DOES NOT allow a man to affect her stability or self-confidence. She supports her self (sic) on her own entirely and is proud to be able to do so.
As a self-proclaimed independent woman, that later definition totally tickles my fancy. I wouldn’t go so far as to describe myself as a bra-burning feminist though. I realize that no matter how independent you are, there are instances in life where you will have to depend on other people (maybe even men, gasp). Whether it’s for their thoughts and opinions, support, influence, connections or power, at some point in time you’re going to need somebody’s help. However, I feel like being able to do things on your own and being able to make things happen for yourself is one of the most empowering feelings a woman can ever feel. To me it goes beyond being able to say I did a few things independently but rather it’s being able to self-identify as independent that I find extremely powerful and satisfying. It’s not the “I did” it’s the “I am”. I am an independent thinker and doer. I am powerful. I am a woman. I am an independent, powerful woman. I’m glad you are too.
Thanks for reading. Now let’s make power moves ladies.
Happy Independence Day!