It is clear what the 4th of July signifies to anyone in the United States; Independence Day, celebrated with families coming together to share in a special meal, parties and fireworks, a nation remembers its past and looks forward to a bright future. Independence day can mean a number of things to different people. Recovering from surgery, the day one is able to go to the bathroom by oneself may sound insignificant, but is a huge step forward in recovery and giving one back the feeling of independence. Having a car modified for a disabled driver, the vehicle literally becomes the legs of a person enabling not only independence but a sense of great freedom. For someone highly disabled and wheelchair bound, the difference between a regular wheelchair where someone is required to push, and receiving an electric wheelchair in its place, again the independence gained is huge and increases the quality of life considerably.
Whatever independence day you are celebrating, whether it be a National Holiday or a more personal achievement, enjoy your freedom and treasure your health - a precious gift which is often taken for granted.
You'll have to forgive me this morning for my short blog. If you'd like to read a little more, take a look at my article on The Huffington Post regarding independence and what it means to different people.