As all of you know, on the Fourth of July, our Independence Day occurred. Part of discovering my independence was adapting to having assistants. I knew I needed assistants to live a successful life, but I like to spend the Fourth of July with my family each year. This year, I went on a bike ride with my dad and then we met up with my brother and we went kayaking for the first time. My brother and I thought the experience was miraculous and then we had dinner with my mom and saw fireworks. It was a perfect way to celebrate the day. There are only a few things my brother really likes so when he said I really liked kayaking, it was so relaxing. I was so happy to hear this.
Over the past few months, I have been struggling to find good assistants which unfortunately is nothing new. The good ones have helped, stepped up and have gone above and beyond what I could ask for. One of them is Tori, who you all know is my roommate. Tori will be leaving at the end of the month. Her playfulness is what makes her so good as an assistant and friend, along with her sense of commitment. I will miss her as being my roommate we have so many funny stories over the past two years that I couldn't count them if i tried. the good news is that she will remain in my life. She will continue to be one of my assistants until further notice. I am grateful for this because we can continue to allow our friendship to grow.
Another thing I have discovered about my independence is that like any other twenty-seven year old, I have dreams, but sometimes these dreams do not come true immediately. I want to move to Oak Park because my dance and spiritual communities are there. As you grow up, you realize that what you want to happen does not always happen as fast as you want. But, when it does, I will be extremely thrilled because I will feel even that much more independent. Also, a few months ago in a previous post I talked about having some free time for myself and some time away from my assistant's. Ever since that entry, the time away from my assistants has been wonderful and made me feel that much more independent. I hope you all had a nice Fourth of July and remember, everyone has their own form of independence.
P.S. - For those of you who are wondering, when I move to Oak Park my room will still be purple.