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Sherlock Holmes Teaches Us All About Independence

It is sensational to read a book like the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and learn all about being independent and in control of your life.

I first heard of Sherlock Holmes when I was about ten years old. I was captivated by stories like,  A Study in Scarlet,  The Sign of the Four, and The Curse of the Baskervilles. There were more Saturday afternoons than I can count spent with Holmes and his friend Watson. In my ten year old mind, Holmes was an extraordinary figure. He was independence personified.

The detectives at Scotland Yard always wanted Holmes’s help. He helped of course, but in his on way and in his own time. Holmes had a way of looking at facts, items, and situations like no one else. One person would look at you and think you were sloppy and didn’t care about your appearance. Holmes would look at you and notice that you were up all night with a sick child, you have two cats, three dogs, and ran out of milk this morning. It was incredible. He had his own way of looking at things.

There was no one who could control Holmes. He exuded strength, intelligence, and independence. I always saw Holmes as an independent figure who said what he meant and meant what he said. Some will argue that Holmes was a know-it-all, self-centered, drug addict. I would agree with that assessment. At the same time, Holmes is an independent person.

He didn’t simply depend upon conventional wisdom, traditional methods, or what was expected. Holmes used his intelligence and creativity to find answers to the problems he encountered. He invented scientific tests and potions never seen before in order to solve mysteries. Holmes was an independent thinker. In the world today, we spend a lot of time talking about thinking outside the box. Holmes was an amazing outside the box thinker.

Not only was Holmes an independent thinker, his bad habits, conceit, and one track mind caused him to be alone and physically independent. Unlike his friend Watson, he did not share his home and his heart with a spouse. He was independent because he lived alone, did not have a lot of friends, and made his way in the world.

There are all kinds of ways to be independent. Holmes’ independence is something to be admired and celebrated. No matter who you are, you can be independent. In order to be an independent person, figure out:

  • What is important to you
  • What would you do if you could do anything
  • What is your greatest strength
  • What makes you happiest
Once you know the answers to these questions you are in a position to be an independent thinker and an independent person in the world. Independence is not the same as anarchy. Being independent means that you are able to think, act, and care for yourself. At the same time, an independent person knows that she lives in a world with other people and must follow societal laws and conventions. So, take the steps, be independent, but don’t crush anyone else’s independence while getting there.

In conclusion, it is sensational to read a book that gives a different view of independence. So, the question for you this sensational day is what do you do to show your brilliant independence?

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  • I have always been drawn to Sherlock Holmes and his intuitive way of seeing the world around him. I have enjoyed your post and agree with it. I want my daughters to also be independent thinkers.

  • I adore Sherlock Holmes and was so sad when I had read every single one of Doyle's stories. Never wanted it to end! Holmes is brilliant yet believable and his confidence and passion for his craft is something we can all emulate.

  • That's an interesting way of thinking about Sherlock Holmes. I've never watched it yet but will definitely try to sometime.

  • I loved watching this so much. I love Dr. Watson's character and for some reasons Sherlock's brother character too.

  • I never really thought of that. Such a great way to think of Sherlock!

  • I love Sherlock Holmes. I've been a fan for some time now. I love all the wonderful stories that I always grew up with.

  • I love this so much. Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite literary characters. He really is the one to teach us about independence. Aside from Watson, he was kind of a man apart. Maybe not the healthiest approach to life, but there are still lessons to be learned.

  • Love, love, love Mr. Holmes and yes, I believe I was the same age. I don't remember not knowing about these great stories. I watched the Basil Rathbone movies too faithfully and the current BBC series.

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