What Is Independence?

what is independenceIndependence is “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others” (from Dictionary.com).  So independence is freedom from something. Children become independent when they are no longer under their parents’ control or funding.  You may be independent from a boss when you start your own business.  But the ultimate independence is when you answer to no one and you are financially capable of supporting yourself with no help at all.  So what is independence?  It is your next step to being capable without the help of others.

Having a Job and a Place of Your Own

Your first independence is when you get your first job or jobs and you are able to move out and have a place of your own.  This is independence from your parents.  You will be of legal age to be on your own and you will no longer need to take money from mom and dad, at least not on a regular basis.  At this point you are still dependent on your job for an income but you are able to make a lot of your own decisions – live where you want, date who you want, not date, possibly have a few drinks, or do what you want when you want… except when that interferes with your job.

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