As I ponder about my future, a question came up in my mind: what does it mean to be “independent”? In the dictionary, a long list of definitions…

As I ponder about my future, a question came up in my mind: what does it mean to be “independent”? In the dictionary, a long list of definitions is provided for this word. A generalized definition is: free, substantive, self-contained, self-sufficient, unattached, autonomous, sovereign. So, what does it actually mean for us — as teenagers? Would it mean being about to think for yourself; would it mean living away from your parents; would it mean finding a job and being able to buy things for yourself on your own? Or does it have to be a combination of things? Perhaps this pursuit for independence is a futile journey; after all, aren’t people meant to be dependent on each other to some extent? Then why? Why do we all seek independence? Is it for a sense of identity or is it for something else? Personally, I think it would be to prove to others that we aren’t what “adults” make us out to be — rebellious, inept, and needing guidance at every point in our lives. What do you think?
– Vivian