Are You Ready to Declare Your Independence Day?

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~Rumi, Essential Rumi

This week in the U.S. we celebrate Independence Day. The holiday was created to celebrate and honor our country’s liberation from Great Britain.

Perhaps we need to create a new version of Independence Day. This one is a personal Declaration of Independence, especially if you are a Baby Boomer.

I believe that today there is a different kind of revolution going on. And it appears to be happening all around the world. The Baby Boomer generation has an opportunity to lead the way.

 It’s a revolution to free our spirits and to follow our heart’s calling. It’s an opportunity to work in a fulfilling and inspiring way. Like most revolutions, it started quietly. But there is a ton of evidence to suggest it is gaining momentum as more and more people declare their independence.

Are you ready for what’s coming?

Here is how the new Independence Day looks:

  • A friend with a lifelong illness created his Independence Day when he declared he was no longer going to allow his illness to drive or define his life. He declared that he’s taking the reins from now on. He’s started a foundation that donates grants to survivors of devastating illnesses.
  • A client who is the primary care giver for her mom declared her Independence Day by making sure she makes time to pursue her dreams. She intends to learn to para-motor with the ultimate goal of flying through the Grand Canyon. She’s envisioning writing a book and making a living with photography.
  • Another client is going back to school to get her Master’s Degree so she can declare her independence from working for others. She wants to be free to work for herself and create the flexibility to travel and live her life on her own terms.

It took courage for our forefathers to declare their independence. It wasn’t clear how it would turn out. They put their lives on the line for what they believed in. They saw a vision of what would be possible by breaking the chains of tyranny.

It still takes courage to declare your Independence Day. You have to be willing to put your life on the line in a different and exciting way. We live in the 21st century. It’s time to end the tyranny of working like we did in the 20th century.

In a revolution there are no rules. Creating 21st century work is a do-it-yourself project.  Take your stand. Do the work you love your way. One by one, you will create ripples like raindrops in a puddle. Enough raindrops will generate a tide of possibility for a future where people do inspiring work that is engaging and inspires and serves others.

That seems to be a revolution worth joyfully and courageously jumping into. I’m ready. Are you?


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