Over the years, I learned how to fend for myself, so "yes" in that way I am independent. However, I understand that I need a strong, responsible, and loving man in my life to fully be the person that I want to be. It is important to me for my man to be able to provide stability and security in the relationship, and treat me as a woman. My first priorities are my house and my financial and physical health, and I feel that it is my responsibility for their upkeep.
It was never my intention to be Ms. Independent. Ms. "I don't need a man because I can do whatever they can do." As I set out on my own, my intention was to prove to my parents and the church that I could survive on a different path than the one they wished for me to follow.
I learned about myself on my journey and discovered my entrepreneurial spirit and talent for problem-solving. By establishing a personal walk with God and allowing Him to direct my path, I haven't just survived - I have thrived. I have opened and sold a business and obtained a college degree. I have relocated to the big city, and bought my first house. I am happily trying to accomplish some big personal goals.