Today is Independence Day, or “Indiependence” Day for all you Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs out there. It's a day where I personally celebrate not only the birth of my home country, but also my own personal birth as an entrepreneur.
In 2009, following an article I wrote about my Indie lifestyle, I received an email message from a man in China named Bens Pong. Bens described himself as bored because he could not “arrange his freedom.” We exchanged emails a bit and I eventually wrote this blog post about him. (Sorry the blog post is so old that the image of Ben did not transfer when I switched to my new blog platform several years ago.)
Despite Bens' broken English, his heart shines through in his emails to me. Even after six years, I still think of Ben regularly. I think of him especially on the 4th of July.
I Can Arrange My Life Freely
Unlike Bens, I live in a country where I can “arrange my life freely,” as Bens so eloquently put.
I quit my job when I felt like it so I could open a retail store. I went back to work when my store did not work out the way I wanted it to.
I worked for a while, then quit that job to start another business, the Indie Business Network. I got married without asking anyone for permission.
I had children when I was ready to have children.
When I didn't want to live in Maryland anymore, I moved to North Carolina — and no one asked me any questions.
I am so grateful for the privilege to arrange my life freely.
My experience as a woman, as a wife, as a mom, and an entrepreneur bear witness to the fact that I can and have arranged my life how I want it to be.
I realize that not everyone has this freedom. I realize that, even in America where everyone is supposed to have this freedom, not every has this freedom.
And I realize that this freedom can be taken from me personally at any time.
I do not take it for granted, and I am inspired to continue to live in ways that bear witness to the great unspeakable gift of the ability to arrange my life freely.
Happy “Indiependence” Day to you all!