As part of my Creative Multimedia course, I have to describe what the word ‘independence’ means to me.

To me, the word ‘independence’ means freedom from an overbearing force or influence on your life. This can be something as simple as a student moving away from home for the first time, to something as huge as a country’s populace liberating themselves from an oppressive government.

Independence is important for the individual because it allows the person to grow and develop in their own life. Being independent is both an exciting and scary prospect. It is exciting in that you are finally your own person, able to make decisions for yourself. It is also daunting in that, those decisions you can make have consequences that you are now wholly responsible for.

On a grander scale, a whole population achieving independence can have a great social impact. Even now, with the refugee crisis happening in Europe, thousands of people are fighting to escape the civil war happening in Syria. They are looking for independence from an oppressive regime.

So, independence can mean many different things to many different people but, at the heart of it, independence means the freedom to live your own life.