The Journey To Independence

At Forty Five Independence
Independence Pass Colorado, USA

Several months ago I sent a message to those who follow me on the various social media sites. Contemplating hosting a podcast, I asked what topics might be of interest to my prospective listeners. I received several intriguing suggestions, one of which was independence.
Well, the podcast has not yet come to be but that particular subject struck a strong chord with me. And so, here is my take on the word, independence – in text rather than voice.

As I contemplated the word my first thoughts turned to Independence Pass, a gorgeously scenic, high mountain pass (12,095 feet elevation) in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. It is basically the backdoor out of Aspen. How was it that this specific piece of highway came to be named Independence Pass? I hadn’t a clue and so turned to my pal Google, which supplied me with all the information I was seeking.

Independence Pass, first known as Hunter Pass had once been the limit of the European settlement in that region as the land beyond was reserved for the Ute people. It was on July 4, 1879, that a group of prospectors, in defiance of the governor’s order, crossed the pass, thus giving it the name of Independence Pass.

Haven’t many of us, at one point in our lives, crossed such an Independence Pass to enable us to grow in strength, courage, and fortitude? And doesn’t that crossing help empower us to become the unique individuals we are meant to be?

I’ve heard many stories of people who found themselves in situations where they could either slink back down the same side of the mountain from which they had come or pull up the resolve to cross the pass into independence; independence from unnecessary boundaries, rules, limitations, and restraints.

At Forty Five IndependenceBecoming independent doesn’t just happen. It requires us to climb the peaks that would serve to restrain our growth; sometimes bucking the system and negativity that tries to hold us back. It requires a fierce determination to better our situations and learn to fend for ourselves.

We need to be:

  • Tenacious in our undertakings
  • Accepting of our own abilities
  • Optimistic that all will turn out as we desire
  • Grateful for the strengths we have Imaginative in our planning for our future
  • Radiant in throwing only positive thoughts to the Universe
  • Loving in knowing our own worth and the good that we deserve in our lives

Take some time to think about the “independence passes” have you crossed in your life. What others lay ahead? Crossing a pass is never easy, but the gains at the other side can often be life-altering. It is only with this effort that we can, I believe, find our inner strength and live our lives as the strong and independent individuals we were meant to be.

Author and inspirational speaker, CJ Golden, has a passion for helping others find joy in their life journeys. Her first book, Tao of the Defiant Woman, was born out of a personal need to find her own inner strength. She then brought her Tao and defiant attitude to teen and pre-teen girls through Tao-Girls Rule! Recently she became the caregiver to her husband, Joe, after he suffered cancer-related strokes. Blogging about that, the greatest challenge of her life, she turned her work into her newest book: One Pedal at a Time.

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As the author of Tao of the Defiant Woman: Five Brazen Ways to Accept What You Must and Rebel Against the Rest and its subsequent book for teen and pre-teen girls, Tao-Girls Rule: Finding Balance, Staying Strong, Being Bold in a World of Challenges, CJ Golden has been writing, blogging, speaking and facilitating workshops for national and local women’s and girls’ organizations. She continues to help women and teens find joy along their life paths despite the struggles they may encounter