What is your definition of independence?
Does independence mean be the giver and not the receiver?
Is independence about never needing anything or anybody?
Does being financially independent come with being emotionally and physically independent? Whilst you can buy physical independence… like getting someone to do the dirty work for
On the other hand, society is so judgemental to women who are not independent, that you are left to rather be on the other side of the fence; the problem is that you want to be on the other side of the fence always, which is humanly impossible. You are going to need someone at some point. You will have to be vulnerable one way or another. Question is, for a smart woman like you, what is so hard about getting this right?
Does your independence make it hard for you to be vulnerable? How it is that something as good as being able to hold your own is also a curse? Why does being vulnerable make an independent woman cringe? Why does it make you feel like you are losing? Like you are not in control? That you are weak and not strong?
Unmanaged independence can be a problem. And this is not because you are being boxed or being told what to do. Nope, just like with everything in life, it requires a healthy balance or else it’s unhealthy. I find that whilst you can independently think and act in the boardroom, most of us struggle with owning our communication when it comes to our needs, wants, fears and failures. Most independent women choose to own certain aspects about them extremely well at the expense of failing dismally with other aspects. When you start thinking or saying I don’t need you in a relationship, you mean you can do a relationship on your own, and that can’t be called a relationship anymore if you are alone in it. A relationship is about two people. There are no self-protective women like independent women. These women are protective and guarded even in places and times when they
There is power in owning yourself and protecting yourself but also, there is so much power in allowing others to be there for you, to look after you, to love you, to worry about you, to do for you, to hold your hand through your independence. If you cannot let yourself be vulnerable, how are you going to let yourself be known, seen and loved? When you shy away from being real with your emotions and the things you’re feeling, you can end up being a master of toxic relationships.
Ladies, it’s possible to be independent and still form a mutually protective alliance. You do not have to give up one to have another. Learn the art of balance! No relationship survives without vulnerability, no human survives this world by being self-sufficient. The world is hard enough on your own. Stop hiding behind your busyness, make time to talk, catch up and talk in your relationship. It’s okay to say you miss your partner when they are not there. Worry when your independence doesn’t allow you close relationships to grow and be nourished. Worry when your independence gets in the way of you letting others know you care about them and you need them. Worry when your independence it’s so important that it makes you feel like other people will never be useful to you. Independence does not equal to self-protection. Independence is not o a weapon to be used on whoever threatens your sense of
Find ways to create a place for others in your life, for others to feel needed by you. You can have it all, learn to negotiate the values of your desire, whatever they may be. Too often, women go out of their way to prove to the world that they are independent and capable of taking care of EVERYTHING. But it will drain you one day to be strong all the time, this is, if it doesn’t kill you .It’s easier to be alone lately but it’s not healthy.
The happiest people in the world are the ones that can strike a healthy balance physically, emotionally , financially, sexually etc.
It’s really okay hey, give yourself permission to be independent but also give yourself permission to be vulnerable. Don’t miss out on the fundamental experience of being human because you are too busy being independent to allow connections.
“Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what it’s all about.”—Brene Brown
Happy Vulnerability. Happy independence!