July 4th-a day to remember how important independence is to each and every one of us. When a country gains independence it is a reason for celebration. It means at the very least, they can govern themselves and stand alone and apart from those who would master over them.
Independence, on a more personal level, means you have the right to choose for yourself such a path as you believe to be correct and pleasing to you. It means you call the shots. It means you arrange your life and take an active part in determining your future. Independence means it is all about what you decide is best for you.
If you have become a full time writer, it means you have engaged in a move toward independence. It means you have chosen a path that is right for you. The path you decided upon is often not popular or even sane since you usually must trade a life of security and steady income for something that may never pay the bills or meet your financial needs. But, if this is the only life for you, you will learn to somehow make it work by lowering your living standards or pursuing more avenues of writing which could actually make you a living. There are so many ways to be a writer and so many ways to earn something at present, while working on that novel of the future.
Independence may mean eliminating or lowering your expenses and there are so many reasonable ways to do that if you keep your mind open. Independence in the light we are looking at as regards to a writing life means finding time to write. That could be giving up a job with long hours and serious stress or maybe working part time to enable you to actually have some hours left for writing. You must have time that is not structured with other demands so you are able to think and create. Finding writing time is one of the reasons given for not adopting the writing life full time. Although it can be a legitimate excuse, it can be overcome with creativity and stick-to-it-ive-ness.
When we go back to the freedom fought for and the independence gained to become a nation of our own, we must also spend a moment reflecting on the sacrifices including the ultimate one-giving up your very life. People must sacrifice in many ways to gain freedom and must be willing to rethink long held beliefs and embrace imaginative solutions to gain the independence they want and need. As a country, our forefathers did just that to bring about the often taken for granted freedom we enjoy in America. To gain our independence means change, sacrifice, new ideas and sometimes a complete reworking of our thinking to see the possibilities. Writers start your journey now to independence and if you are already there, please help other newbies gain the confidence and skill to make it happen.
God Bless America and all who fought and are fighting for independence.