Ahh, July, what a month. Time for picnics and Pimm’s and lawn tennis in the UK, barbeques and beaches and fireworks in the US. Terribly different but equally fabulous. On the eve of Independence Day I’ve been thinking about what independence means to me. Yes, it means freedom and liberty, but there’s something more too. Self-reliance perhaps, or self-sufficiency. When I was growing up, in a rather remote village, I was dependent upon a bus that showed up once every couple of hours. Sometimes it would just whizz by full and you had to settle in for another long wait. Now I didn’t learn to drive until after I left university so a huge chunk of my childhood and adolescence was spent travelling on or waiting for the number 65 bus. I cannot overstate the sense of independence owning a car gives to me. Just the knowledge that, if I need to go somewhere, I can turn the key in the ignition and drive, oh, I almost get lightheaded at the thought. The car I have is not fancy or new, in fact it’s borderline vintage, but it roars into action when I turn the key and drives like a dream and I will never, ever in a million years lose that sense of independence I get when I slip into the driver’s seat with the knowledge that this…

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… is all mine, thanks to this.

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Happy 4th of July.

xxx Ailsa

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Independence? That’s middleclass blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. – George Bernard Shaw

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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55 Responses to Independence

  1. I’m so glad you finally got to be independent of the buss, Ailsa, so you could travel the world, big and small.
    Here’s my take on this week’s theme:
    Enjoy the weekend! x

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  3. I love the idea of the road trip, but I use my car every day to commute to work, so for me independence has to be without, so I’ll go for hiking / walking!

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, and what an awesome photo, it sort of reminds me of the beginning of that movie The Sound of Music 😉 What gorgeous countryside. xxx

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  5. What a thought provoking travel theme this week! Here’s what I came up with -

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    • ailsapm says:

      Good grief, Debbie, I’m feeling a little queasy just thinking about all that food. I’m gonna have a salad instead I think. 😉 Happy Independence Day.

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  8. pommepal says:

    YES wheels are what give me independence too. Remember Matilda? I still miss her… After we sold her we went 18 months without our own vehicle (we had the use of others while house sitting) but oh the joy to now have our own car…

    • ailsapm says:

      Wait, what? You said goodbye to Matilda? How did I miss that, pommepal, she was like one of the family. I thought you’d just stored her while you were house sitting. Oh well, hope your new car matches up to her high standards. xxx

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  12. mickscogs says:

    Independence changes with age but I can’t forget my now passed away Dad, who sat in my newly purchased car in the driver’s seat, knowing he could not drive it due to his blindness.

    • ailsapm says:

      What a great post, Mick, felt like I was on the road along with you, I think everyone should do at least one great road trip while they can. Oh and that story about your darling dad got me a little teared up, I’m not gonna lie to you. I dread to think what I’d feel like if someone told me I couldn’t drive any more. I’d go kicking and screaming, they’d have to prize the steering wheel from my cold, dead knuckles.

      • mickscogs says:

        Thanks Ailsa. My dad did hold for a long time. If other drivers knew what he couldn’t see. He loved driving almost as much he loved my mum.

        • ailsapm says:

          He sounds like the kind of guy I would love to have hung out with, Mick. I shall raise a glass to him next time I’m partaking. xxx

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  19. Independence is being able to get up when you want, eat when and what you want, read and write what you want and to wander where you like for as long as you like.

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  25. Great theme, Ailsa. Here are my autobiographical musings on Personal Independence:

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  30. Very interesting and challenging theme this time! Thank you! My contribution is now online:

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  35. Tish Farrell says:

    I travelled back in time for my take on independence, Ailsa. Many thanks for the challenge:

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  37. Nato says:

    Congrats on the freedom!!!! May you travel to your heart’s content:) Here is my take on independence for this week:

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