freedom from external control or influence; independence.
one of the greatest things i've learned over the last few years is how to embrace autonomy. as a life-long people-pleaser, learning to make my own decisions and trust my own discernment was no easy task, but the reward has been beyond articulation. when i broke down why i was relying on others to make important decisions for me, i found i was fearful. fearful i would make the wrong decision, fearful of their judgment, fearful i couldn't trust myself. as i cut the cords of my dependence on others, i have found that those same people i once turned to now have a newfound respect for me AND the decisions i'm making. i feel more grounded, more sure of my own path, and i feel more ownership over both my triumphs and my mistakes. and actually, i feel more whole. no one else can walk this path for us. trust yourself. we are all in process. and it's a beautiful thing. go for it.