Your Personal Independence Day

The Fourth of July.

A celebration of America’s declaration of independence from the clenches of the British monarchy. Fireworks, grilled meats, beer, parades. And one common theme throughout: Freedom.

July 4 is America’s Independence Day. 

But when is your Independence Day?

I believe each of us has lived at least one single day that has brought us a personally life-altering freedom. These are our Personal Independence Days — and just like the Fourth of July, they’re worth honoring. Your day(s) probably won’t be as climactic as the one that commemorates severing ties from a ruling nation, but take a few minutes to think and you’ll surely recall one or more celebratory moments. 

Maybe it was the day you:

  • Paid off your student loans,
  • moved to a new city,
  • escaped a negative relationship,
  • graduated from school, or
  • made a significant lifestyle change.

Mine was April 1, 2015, when I took the leap to leave my “normal” job and venture out on my own. At the time, I didn’t know where it would take me, and I was scared — but I knew that at the very least, the situation would force me to learn and grow. My decision, and ultimately that day, have put me on a path of freedom that I couldn’t have even imagined back then. 

When was your Personal Independence Day? And how will you create your next one?

🎉🇺🇸 And now, some fun facts about America’s Independence Day:

  • The legal separation of the United States from Britain was actually on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. I guess “the second of July” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. 
  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only Declaration of Independence signers to later be elected  president of the United States, both died on July 4.
  • New York City hosts the largest July 4th fireworks display in the country. (Somehow I’ve lived in NYC for 9 years but have yet to see them.)

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