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I'm finding my way...

Independence. It can be something we long for. Something that scares us. A new or ongoing challenge. Whether you've moved out or moved away to work or study, getting your first after school job or even just saving up your money for something you really want or learning to budget then this discussion is for you.

 


There's lots of ways to be independent and also different reasons for it. For some it's something to work for, for others circumstances might make it a necessity. This independence can give you a sense of control, let you enhance your skills and learn to set goals. But with independence can also come a certain amount of responsibility and that can be tough to get used to. It could also impact upon your sense of self in a positive or negative way or even make you doubt yourself at times.

Join us on Monday 24th June at 8pm AEST when we'll be discussing being independent and the benefits and also difficult things that can come with it.

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Re: I'm finding my way...

Hi all! Welcome to tonight’s getting real session on Being Independent

 

We’ll be discussing what being independent is.

 

Facilitating tonight’s session will be lightuptheworld, Sophie and I.

 

As always if anything in tonight’s session upsets you in any way there’s an emergency help tab in the top right hand corner which we urge you to use. Also keep in mind that we want to keep this discussion safe for everyone so try to stick to the community guidelines. Thanks 

 

So to start us off tonight let bring on the first question

 

Do you consider yourself independent? Why or why not?

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Hi everyone! Smiley Happy 

 

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Oh my gosh - all day I have have had that Destiny's Child song in my head - "throw your hands up at me!" Though this is about anyone of any gender.... But that songs sticks in my head!!

I consider myself independent coz I provide for myself and make all the decisions about my life - but I rely on the input of the people that I care about as that just helps me make better decisions! Just like a politician or organisation will consult, so do I!

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I'm 21, but I feel like I'm not independent enough.  I still live at home with my parents who support me financially, and that's what works for me.  

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Hey Zara1206! I think that's a pretty common position for many 21yo's... are there any areas of your life that you feel like you have *some* independence?

Online Community Manager

ReachOut.com

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Welcome Zara,

There is nothing wrong with living parents, I still do Smiley Happy as long it works for you that's awesome Smiley Happy
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Do you consider yourself independent? Why or why not?

 

In some ways I do and others I don't. I like to think I'm independent in that I've moved out of home and try to pay for everything myself but I still rely on social time to stay connected. I think it's really important to remember that just because you have a job or live alone doesn't mean you don't sometimes need a friend or family member to shout you a coffee or to spend time with others. Smiley Happy

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Great point LUTW, I think at first especially, when we move out we do the solo thing to excess... we don't live on deserted islands for a reason!! (apart from no internet connection)

Online Community Manager

ReachOut.com