Examples of being independent include being able to think for oneself, earning money to take care of one's basic needs, tending to one's physical health and overall wellness and knowing how to stay safe. Having one's own mode of transportation is another example of being independent.
Independent thinking involves gathering all of the necessary facts, listening to one's own inner voice and utilizing internal resources in order to form an opinion about an idea. An example of independent thinking is choosing to go to a college of preference instead of a university chosen by one's parents.
Individuals need their own source of income to independently provide their food, shelter and clothing. Relying on one's parents, friends or romantic partners to provide these basics creates dependence on others. This can be problematic if one's friend or romantic partner can no longer offer this support.
Taking care of one's physical health and overall wellness is often a protective barrier against being dependent on doctors and medications to keep an individual healthy. Examples of being independent in one's self-care include engaging in consistent exercise and incorporating healthy dietary habits and proper stress management.
Being independent in regards to transportation includes having one's own vehicle -- whether it's a car or bike -- or being able to take public transportation.