A JOURNEY OF INDEPENDENCE, BY KRATIKA CHOUDHARY
Independence is something which gives you confidence, courage and happiness of doing things by yourself. To be independent is just like having wings. This free bird feeling I felt on the day I went from Bengaluru to Jaipur all alone. Although, it’s not a big task or something which needs a lot of courage. But for me it all happened for the very first time. While booking my tickets I was a bit concerned, that how I will manage? Would I be able to travel all alone? a long queue of questions was driving me crazy. The butterflies or the elephants, i really don’t have an idea about that typical feeling that I was feeling that time. But somehow I managed to reach airport. I took my flight and reached home. This journey from Bengaluru to Jaipur made me much stronger, confident and a complete independent. And I named it as “A JOURNEY OF INDEPENDENCE”. I know you must be having this question that why I am telling you all about my journey? Before writing about this all, I was a bit confused about the meaning of independence. Dictionary says that being independent is being working. Which means that if you are earning, you are working….you are an independent. And being a writer neither I can accept the bookish reality nor the practical approach. I need a combination of imagination and reality. My approach towards INDEPENDENCE is a bit different from others. May be that’s because of my curious nature or my dissatisfactory approach. While travelling I gone through so many different stages, different experiences. Experience of standing in queue, waiting for buses, cabs. Facing hundreds of eyes, who are continuously watching you like a suspect, dealing with different –different kind of people, all these experiences made me stronger. Independence not only includes financial independence but it also includes your independence of dependence. A woman who is earning 50 thousand rupees per month is dependent on her husband for making her investments; she is dependent on the male members of her family to decide about her promotion. She is dependent on her father, brother or on her husband to drop her to her office. She has plan her career in accordance with her family. She has to depend on her in laws for cooking food, she has to wait for her husband’s permission to go in a party. I remember so many incidents where our trip got cancelled just because my friends didn’t get permission from their husbands, in fact in some cases from their Boyfriends. I am not saying that there is something wrong in it, that you should not do any adjustments or you should not take care about your partner or for your family. It’s just that you should not consider yourself as a puppet, which is controlled by their owner. You are a free person, you have wings you have power, you have strength and you are equally strong. You just need to trust yourself, you need to have faith in your wings, and you just need to accept that you are capable of doing things by yourself. You are independent, you are strong and you can never be wrong. Remember that you are the one who give birth to a child, who have that power of reproduction. God has made you so powerful then why to depend on others. Why you need a shoulder to cry, why you need a hand to hold you and take you to the next stage of your life. Why you need others to decide for you and why can’t you decide for yourself. This journey not only gave me a feeling of independence but it has answered a bundle of questions.