Have you ever asked yourself how independent you are? As a child, we are fully dependent on our parents, yearning for admiration and reassurance on everything. Over the years, we form our peer groups and want their approval, often abiding to peer-pressure at an early age, and even start drinking alcohol and smoking. Then at work, we find the need to go along organizational politics, to ensure a chance for being promoted,… the list could go on!
Being independent (self-sufficient, self-supporting, self-sustaining, and so on), doesn’t mean that we believe that we don’t need anyone at all. However we take responsibility for our own happiness, destiny, and the consequences of our actions. There are different aspects of being independent, that bring holistic wellness at individual level. I will tell you about some of them, that I believe to be crucial.
Being independent, speeds up decision-making for the individual. So if you are able to make your own personal decisions, and even take calculated risks, then not only do you act faster, but are likely to be more self-confident, and see positive results. You will also be likely to take responsibility for your own actions, learn from past mistakes and progress. Self-pity and blaming others for pitfalls that you encounter, will not be your style!
Being emotionally strong, practical and wise about life, comes with age and wisdom. However, we can all work on it, whatever be our personality type, by taking the right attitude. Self-love is crucial to living happily.
While we work on being emotionally independent, we should not neglect having a social life at the same time. Surround yourself with people who bring positiveness. When they criticize you, take constructive criticism positively. No one can make you feel bad or inferior, if you don’t allow them to. Choose your friends wisely!
Being financially independent and self-sufficient about money, is very important. Often in households, women tend to depend on their husband, even if they are career women. While both parents have the responsibility of their children, women may find it hard to be financially independent, as they generally earn relatively less. Men may also feel that they are financially dependent, given certain circumstances in life.
Increasingly, women are taking steps to act autonomously, from starting small businesses to heading large organizations. People also choose to remain single. We should all aim at being financial independent, whoever we may be, taking the right actions as soon as we can, to reap the benefits during our lifetime.
Having hobbies is a must for everyone! Why? Because a hobby is essential for our psychological, physical and spiritual well-being! While practicing hobbies that you enjoy, you take enough time for yourself, feel good, focused, at peace, and remain fit. People even choose to make a living out of their favourite hobby!
These are some aspects of being independent that I cherish. Would you like to add to the list? Please do so by commenting below. Thank you!