How independent are you?
Take a look and see where your freedom might be restricted. Look at where you might be dependent upon that something or someone.
Is it alcohol, sugar, food?
Are you shackled by a health problem? Or some kind of physical restriction? You can’t do what you used to do, or if you can it’s uncomfortable.
Are you a parent or caregiver with little time for self-care?
Are you shackled by debt? Worried about finances?
In a co-dependent or abusive relationship?
There are many ways we lose our independence.
The often cited example of the airplane safety briefing where anyone travelling with a child is told to put their own oxygen mask on first is an excellent demonstration of putting yourself first – that is the most effective way. As strong as the instinct might be to protect others first, you have to put yourself into a position of strength.
The stronger you are and the more independent you are, the more effective you can be. To be an independent person is to be someone who is in a position to help others, not to just be a loner.
Put yourself in a position of strength. Look at where you are dependent and make yourself more independent. Choose to put yourself first and be the best you can be for yourself and others.
Set yourself up to be as strong as you can.