Meaning of independence!
Independence is being self-sufficient but it is certainly not isolation. Independence is also not a fear of dependence. It is the confidence of being able to move on, no matter what. This is and has been approach of India as a nation.
Are we independent in life?
A similar approach in life will be helpful. Every human being must be self-sufficient so as to take care of him/herself. But good health is a sine quo non for being independent. A patient is no independent.
Live a watchful and healthy life. Maintain healthy routine. Body is machine with limitations. Keep its wheels well oiled and rolling.
With best wishes.