My Personal Declaration of Independence – 2010

I am a firm believer that wisdom grows out of our mistakes. But the momentum gained through our troubles is sometimes lost because our patterns of thinking and behavior have not changed and are crowded out by the demands laid upon us by our family and friends; by our co-workers, our government, and the media; by our culture and even by our pre-recorded beliefs that we did not choose. As a result, our short burst of motivation born from newly-gained wisdom is quickly blown away like smoke in a breeze.

The troubling result from the demands put upon us, is that we remain locked in a life not of our choosing. We are dependent on forces outside of ourselves because we’ve forgotten who we really are at the core. We’ve lost the passion that once coursed through our veins. We are trapped by everything everybody else wants from us; we are trapped by the expectations of others and from other people telling us what we can and cannot do. We are told what to think, how to behave, and most importantly, we are told who we are.

The opening line from the second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence is profound wisdom gained from the hardships of people yearning to be free:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I love the beauty and pureness of the phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident”. Think about yourself. Think about your life. If you block out all the noise coming from all directions and listen to your own inner voice–perhaps for the first time in a very long time–you may actually connect with your own self-evident truths. That we are all born as equals, to me is self-evident and no one can tell me otherwise. What about unalienable rights? This means we’re all born with the freedom and right to stay alive, to be free, and to follow our own inner voice–our self-evident truth–as It guides us to happiness.

I am not a perfect person. But in my imperfections, in my flaws and mistakes, and from my pain, I grow stronger and wiser. But the most important time in your life is now! Nothing can be done about our past mistakes–leave them in the past. You are who you are NOW. The real tragedy is if you do not use your wisdom, gained through your mistakes, to make a better life for yourself today. But even if you continue to succumb to outside pressures and unwanted influences; even if you make another mistake…and another, each moment presents a new opportunity to start again. But you must take responsibility for your life, for your thoughts, and for your actions!

Today, I honor the proclaimed independence of the United States through the writing of the  Declaration of Independence by declaring my own independence from mental tyranny and obfuscated dreams caused by negative external influences, which, at times, have seemed to hold me powerless and dependent. But never again!

My Personal Declaration of Independence

When in the course of life events, it becomes necessary for me to dissolve the mental beliefs which have chained me to false ideals impressed upon me by others; and when it’s necessary for me to assume the strength and power of my natural state of being to which the Laws of Nature and of Life entitle me, an honest recognition of who I really am requires that I should declare myself separated from any causes and influences which force upon me a will outside of my own.

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that I am endowed by Life with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the freedom to pursue Happiness. That to secure these rights:

  • Responsibility must be assumed by me, deriving my just powers from the conviction of my own mental government.
  • That whenever any outside form of influence becomes destructive and impinges on my freedom, it is my right to alter or sever damaging ties and to institute a new relationship with it, laying a new foundation based upon honorable principles and respecting its right to govern itself in such as way as to effect its Safety and Happiness.
  • That positive relationships, long established, should not be changed for light and frivolous causes.
  • Accordingly, all experience has shown that I am more likely to suffer while negative external forces are attempting to influence me without my awareness, than when I knowingly enter into fair, balanced, and responsible exchanges of influence. It is, thereby, my right to abolish any destructive forms of influence to which I may have unknowingly been accustomed but have recently become aware of.
  • When a long history of abuses and negativity, pressing its will upon me, reveals a design to reduce my will and keep me under absolute tyranny and dependency, it is my right–it is my duty–to throw off such oppression, and to cultivate a new self-esteem along with honorable and just beliefs for my future security.

Having been, in the past, dominated by external forces and influences, now is the time, by absolute necessity, that I call upon myself to cast off–and with great conviction–all negative influences, and external mental-governments; all expectations not aligned with who I declare myself to be; and to be forgiven and released from personal persecution by which I may have blamed myself for any past wrong-doings. As proof of my conviction in support of this personal declaration of independence, let the facts of my present and future behavior be submitted for all to observe. And with the hope of long Life, the expectation of Liberty, and the engaged pursuit of Happiness, I declare independence, now and forever!

This is my personal Declaration of Independence. It’s a powerful statement culled directly from my heart and it’s deeply meaningful for me. I highly recommend that you take the time to craft your own declaration of independence and let it guide you throughout your life. Please share your thoughts about my declaration of independence and also, I would LOVE to read yours, if you write one. I wish you the best day and life that you can create. Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Comments

  1. Here is mine, to me it sounds pretty powerful, but no one else is taking it seriously. Oh, well.

    _____________________________________________________

    I, Sasha Moser, am creating this document to establish a happier, more prosperous, and extraordinary life.

    Section 1
    I shall have the right to pick my favorite flavor of ice cream, every time my family goes grocery shopping.

    Section 2
    I shall not be forced to make my bed in a morning, unless I want to.

    Section 3
    I shall be free of any chores, regardless of how small and easy they are.

    Section 4
    I shall not be held responsible for anything that happens in the house. If I do something wrong, someone else shall be held accountable for my mistakes.

    Section 5
    I shall not be made to go sleep at ten. I shall go to bed at whatever time I wish to. That way I won’t be tired in the morning.

    Section 6
    I shall have the freedom from homework, because homework ages me faster.

    Section 7
    I shall never be grounded for any reason.

    Section 8
    I shall not be governed by anyone in my family.

    Section 9
    I shall have the freedom to eat any kind of junk food I want, and shall not be told to eat healthy, unless I want to.

    Section 10
    I shall have the right to enforce all this rules described above, without anyones permision.

    Signed, Sasha Moser.
    _____________________________________________________

    So, what do you think?

    • Sasha,

      I like it. You’re hitting all the things you want freedom from. However, keep in mind that all our choices and actions have consequences–some good and some bad. If your declaration of independence infringes on another person’s rights or might cause unpleasant consequence, you may need to rethink your declaration.

      Let’s look at an example. In Section 10, you stated that “[you] shall have the right to enforce all this rules described above, without anyone’s permission.” Just because you state something, that doesn’t mean it’s: 1) true, 2) enforceable, and 3) infringe, equally, on another person’s freedom (such as in Section 4).

      If you are responsible enough to not be governed by anyone in your family, then wouldn’t you also have to accept the responsibility of feeding yourself, providing your own clothes, paying for gas (and buying a car if you don’t already have one), as well as paying rent or a house payment and take care of any other financial responsibilities? If you cannot; if you have to rely on your parents or other people to do these things for you, then you may not have the ability or means to be as free as you proclaim. With freedom comes great responsibility. When the United States Declaration of Independence was written, the writers had the ability and means to enforce their declared freedom.

      Perhaps you should re-think these and see if you can make them better. I’d love to read your updated version.

      Cheers,
      Scott

  2. That declaration of independence was just for my own fun. I like to write things and stories. Thanks for a great reply. I really agree with your statements. They are so true. I also want to write my own Constitution but I don’t know how to start, do you think you can help me? I would really appreciate it.

    • Sasha,

      I see what you mean. Sometimes I can get a little too technical about things. LOL You really made some great points, though. Anyway, when I was younger, I would have LOVED to adopt your Declaration of Independence. I’m sure it was as much fun to write as it was for me to read.

      As for writing your own constitution, that’s a tall order. I guess where I would start is by looking for a summary of the American constitution, for example. I would try to understand what each section is about and then decide if I need a section like it in my constitution. Then, I would rewrite it so that it represents how I feel and the principles that are important to me.

      To be honest with you, Sasha, the idea of writing my own constitution is something I’ve thought about doing. I bet it would be a really great learning experience. But even more, it might help me decide what principles are the most valuable to me. Once written, I would try to live by my own constitution…as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. One principle I live by today is The Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. So I might try to put that in my constitution.

      If you ever write your own constitution, I would love to read it. Anyway, thanks for sharing your personal declaration of independence. :-)

      Cheers,
      Scott

      PS Let me know if you would like any more help with your constitution.

  3. Elizabeth @ Self Motivation says:

    Very nice post it is our freedom of speech.Who cares
    if Sasha declares her own Independence.There is a
    saying “Mind your own business”.

    • Right you are, Elizabeth! Sasha wrote a great declaration of independence which is something that very few people have ever done. Who am I to say what should or shouldn’t be in anyone’s declaration of independence. Right?

      Cheers!
      Scott

  4. thank you!! you inspired me to do my homework with your writing so many ideas just came flowing to my mind

  5. I Absolutely love your declaration! I also have an assignment to do involoving my own personal declaration and you have served as an inspiration. Now I have a pretty clear idea of what I can write. Thanks
    Ashley´s last blog post ..30-Day Challenge: Declutter Your Life

    • Ashley,

      Very cool! Thanks for your feedback. I’d like to hear more about your assignment. With your permission, I’ll email you and ask a few questions. If you get stuck on your assignment or have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll certainly do my best to help if I can. Good luck!

      Cheers,
      Scott

  6. Wow, great declaration. I also have an assignment to do the same.
    Thanks for the inspirtaion.

    • Andrea,

      You’re welcome. I’m pleased that you found it helpful. Let me know if I can help in anyway, and I will if I am capable. Good luck with your assignment.

      Cheers,
      Scott

  7. Very Good Declaration… I Have An Assignment On Writinq My Own Personal Declaration But I Had Know Idea On What To Do It On But You Have Me Some Amazing Idea Now Thank You!!

  8. Hey Scott, I love your declaration of independence! I have to write my own for homework, but i cant figure out what to write it on. If you could please help me out.

  9. Oh my goodness this is amazing!

    I am being asked to write my own Declaration of Independence. But i have no clue how to start it. It is supposed to model Jefferson’s DOI.

    It seems easy but i don’t know where to begin. I can chose any topic, it’s just the layout and format on how to write it that confuses me.

    Can anyone help guide me? I would really appreciate it! :)

  10. FLVS Teacher says:

    Florida Virtual Students – Please contact your English teacher for help! I am seeing many students copy/paste from here and remember that is against our school policy. Remember you need to ask your teacher for help on this assignment.

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