Independence…

Today, July 4th, is a historical day in our country. The day that the forefathers declared that our country would be sovereign… no longer dependendant upon England for support, backing and most of its rules. After all that’s why so many came initially… to escape the legalistic rules of state, religion or any number of other reasons.

I decided to look up the word this afternoon… according to Mirriam Webster’s Dictionary, being “Independent” means:

1: not dependent: as a (1): not subject to control by others : self-governing(2): not affiliated with a larger controlling unit bookstore> b (1): not
requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2): not looking to
others for one’s opinions or for guidance in conduct (3): not bound by or
committed to a political party c (1): not requiring or relying on others (as for
care or livelihood) (2): being enough to free one from the necessity of working
for a living d: showing a desire for freedom e (1): not determined by or capable
of being deduced or derived from or expressed in terms of members (as axioms or
equations) of the set under consideration ; especially : having linear
independence (2): having the property that the joint probability (as of events
or samples) or the joint probability density function (as of random variables)
equals the product of the probabilities or probability density functions of
separate occurrence.

Today my country, The United States of America, celebrates the freedoms that come with this independence. Freedoms to choose a president and congress… and even speak out for against these leaders based upon the work (or lack thereof) done for the country. Freedom to gather for church when we choose and worship in whatever way we choose to. Freedom to write and say what we would like – whether published on a blog, magazine or book. (I could continue through the bill of rights… but I think you get the idea.) We know these freedoms didn’t come for free. There are so many that came before us that sacrifice so much to keep us (as well as many others) living in a place -or places – that our freedoms are secure.
Not only do I think of the freedoms I have… but also what additional freedoms do I want? What else do I want to declare independence from? I live day to day with a dependence on food, but still… day to dayI fight with myself about what I should eat, when I should eat it, if I can “splurge” on that.

I want to declare my independence from food. I want to take control and never look back. I want to live with a fullness – without worrying about what I should or should not do at any given moment regarding food. I want to declare the battle with weight loss over and won.

I also want to declare my indepence with my blog. As you can see now I have moved. It’s actually been a long time coming and I finally did it. I have left “Blogger” and joined the world of “WordPress”… and I love it. While I am still getting used to many things – and still have much to work on (especially the links to the blogs I follow…), this blog will probably always be a work in progress. I don’t know if I will ever stop working on this blog… it’s sort of like my “baby” right now.

The thing with this blog though is that I can now write more and know that I “own” every word, phrase and story that is published here. I can feel confident in knowing that my writing is secure with me. I will be (hopefully) posting more works here and you can always check the left side under “Writings in progress”, if there’s anything new to be shared. I’m hoping to keep this creativity flowing through me as I venture more into the writing world.

“All we have of freedom – all we use or know – This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.” – Rudyard Kipling