Monday, July 4, 2011

On Independence

Today is obviously the anniversary of this country’s independence.  Since I’m going to a barbecue and playing football all day, I’ll keep it short and to the point.

Independence is a simple concept, really.  To me, it means the freedom to do what you want when you want.  Sure, the responsibilities pile up through the years—you get a mortgage, a car, a family, a career.  At the end of the day, though, you need to come up with a way to prioritize these responsibilities and figure out what’s truly important.  Some of these responsibilities are far more important than others.  Family obviously should come first.  After that, though, there is a clear divide between family and those other responsibilities that you should control, instead of the other way around.

So, on this Independence Day, think about the ways that you can free yourself from some of these other, unnecessary responsibilities to live the life that you want to.  Reexamine what you really need and what is a mere want.  Live simply, but experience every day you have on this earth.  That is true independence.

D.J. Gelner is a writer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney in St. Louis, Missouri. You can e-mail him at Follow him on twitter @djgelner. Friend him on facebook here.

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