My insomnia counselor wants me to spend some time thinking and writing about independence, since it is a value that is important to me. Probably the most important.
Independence is why I have been working on getting a service dog for someone else: http://www.gofundme.com/Servicedog4jadzia – she also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ServiceDog4Jadzia
I have always tried to keep a certain level of financial independence. I worked in high school, and had very high paying jobs. I put myself through college, through scholarships and working in the summer for Kelly Girl (yes back in the day), and did exceptionally well financially.
Every course I took in high school, especially electives were aimed at getting financial independence, and my major was picked partly for that reason. Plus I really like computers.
I continue to keep my skills honed and ready to go so I can change jobs, locations, etc. whenever I want. I don’t very often. Even my career choice is aimed at given me some independence – pension and insurance.
As a teacher I hope to give my students that same guarantee of independence. I’m constantly telling students where they go to continue learn more and make money, especially the web mastering students, and I am constantly urging them to go to college. Anyway they can.
One thing I would like to do is give Jadzia some independence. I haven’t met her, but she’s worked hard. She graduated from high school and has done work as a model before her health went south.
Service dogs give independence, and I am constantly working towards giving others independence with service dogs. That’s why I challenge people who restrict access and I teach other people “the rules”, as a Home Depot employee told me today. I found that very amusing.