Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
Definition: noun – an independent or uninhibited person.
How I feel about it: I live at my own pace. I go where I want to go. See who I want to see. Touch and feel and listen to what I want. I’m whimsical. Kind of like a balloon relies on the wind to move it around, so do I. I listen to what the world is telling me. Sometimes I feel called to live in Vietnam while others I want to move back to Ireland. Sometimes my heart aches for a boy friend, but then I remember the bliss of being single. I go with the flow. I don’t force things and I don’t plan. I just kind of do life as it comes to me.
Definition: noun – a member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to them.
How I feel about it: I hate this one. My friends have called me this on several occasions, and I tell them each time that it hurts my feelings. Just because I may not live the same lifestyle they do, does not make me a black sheep. See that definition? By calling me a black sheep, you are calling me a disgrace. That offends me. Yeah, I’m different. So what? Call me free spirited, independent, wild, adventurous, anything! But do not call me a black sheep.
Definition: adjective – free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.
How I feel about it: I make my own decisions. I will listen to advice and the words of other, but the things I choose to do are always my decisions. I don’t take handouts and I work hard for what I have. I am ok on my own. I don’t need friends or boy friends to complete me. Being independent is a crucial skill that not everyone has. Some people require others to keep them going. Some people need to have help. Some people just want it. I don’t. I live a life free and independent of others.