03 July 2012
Tomorrow is the 4th of the July, and for those of us in the States, it means big things. Aside from the obvious day off work, a day for big sales, fireworks, grillin' and chillin' with a cold beer in one hand and loaded hot dog in the other, a day for doing a whole lot of enjoyable nothing - July 4th is the anniversary of the original Thirteen Colonies' declaration of independence from the rule of Great Britain.
Independent being defined as "not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction; autonomous, free. Not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc. Thinking or acting for oneself."
So for this impending day to celebrate the nation's independence, it made me think about my own. Granted I was never really "oppressed" though Sweet 16 Lisa certainly felt differently with her curfew, nor did I have any truly mind-blowing experiences that changed the face of it all, but there are certain little moments in my life that still stand out to me as particular points of self-independence.
Like right after college when I moved clear across the country and away from all my family and friends - it was scary and I really didn't know what I was doing, but it was strangely exhilirating to not immediately have known things to fall back on. Or after I broke up with my then-BF that I moved clear across the country for - I lived completely by myself for the first time, got my own friends that weren't first his friends, came and went without having to be accountable to anyone else. My first business trip - I was trusted to spend someone else's money, book travel, rent a car, go there and back all by myself. Not to mention being the representative of the company! Road trips - I didn't do many of these and never went too far, but for a bit, I enjoyed driving off in the morning, meandering aimlessly while enjoying the drive and scenery, stopping when and where I wanted to, and not coming back home until ... whenever I felt like it.
In honor Independence Day, what has been one (or more, if you're feeling particularly share-y) of your most "freeing" and independent moments in your life?
Sweater: Gap (worn here - sim, sim)
Top: J.Crew vintage tank (worn here - sim, sim, striped)
Skirt: J.Crew ikat dot (worn here - sim, as dress, as dress)
Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini yancy (sim, sim, sim)
Earrings: F21 (worn here - sim, pricey, feather-y)
Bracelets: Old Navy, Asos, Target (sim, sim, sim)