noun, plural au·ton·o·mies.
- independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions:the autonomy of the individual.
- the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government:The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
- a self-governing community.
this has been the word that has found roots inside of my self without me realizing it. it wasn't until i was married that i (& david) realized how fiercely i guarded my sense of identity and independence... we always knew it was important, but i don't think neither of us realized how crucial it was for my mental well-being. i'd be lying if i said it wasn't the cause of disagreements between us, if not the root of all the struggles i have as an adult woman at 32.