Today it may seem like everyone is either in a relationship or simply cannot be alone. Between texting and social media at our fingertips, we don’t ever have to be. We live in the booming age of technology and innovation which ideally increases communication and standard of living for all. However, I believe that there is a downfall of co-dependency. At times, I have felt out of touch with my generation when it comes to being “overly-independent.” This letter is dedicated to my fellow independent women.
It must first be said that independence is not a burden, but rather a strength. When nothing is holding you back, you can do virtually anything that you please. Too many times I have seen people held back by the fear of being alone. Whether this be attending an out-of-state university or traveling for an internship, you must trust yourself to take off and succeed even if it means being migrating away from the herd. Growth begins once you step aside from your own comfort zone.
Know yourself, and know yourself well. There will be times where you must be your own best friend. Know when you need to be alone and when you need a friend to lean on. Know how to cheer yourself up after an atrocious day and how to reward yourself when feeling accomplished. Understanding who you are and what you need is vital to being healthily independent.