I do not believe being independent is the opposite of being dependent. I think it is acting from one's deepest sense of self. This means giving up the inner negativity that can dwell within a person's mind throughout a lifetime, starting with one's earliest caretakers all the way up to one's current friends and colleagues.
Peace and joy can be found in independence that cannot be bought with money, status or worldly power. What's more, anyone can access it with persistence and patience.
Warmly, Cheryl Deaner, LMFT 36764