When I was growing up, my parents constantly told me to study hard, get a good education, get a good job, and enjoy life. So, I studied hard, got a decent education, and got an acceptable corporate job.
But as I spent my mornings rushing to work with a truckload of other people, I grew weary of life. As I spent 8-9 hours of my life each day hunched over a desk, doing work that meant nothing to me, I started to wonder, “is this all that life has to offer?” I felt trapped, suffocated. I wasn’t free, and I knew it.
I just didn’t have a clue what to do. And because I hadn’t known any better, I spent my hard-earned money on stuff that I thought would relieve me of my misery. I would go out on the weekends, buy new stuff, feel a bit better, and then be miserable all over again as Saturday morning rolled by. Although I desperately wanted to be free, I wasn’t. Instead, all I was, was trapped in this vicious cycle.
One day, I had an epiphany – I knew I couldn’t spend the next 3 decades of my life like this. I told myself to do whatever it takes, to end this cycle as soon as possible. Since then, I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking about the concept of “freedom”.
What is freedom? How do I achieve it? Why do most people not live lives of freedom?
It breaks my heart a little, whenever I hear about people hating their jobs and wanting to quit, but can’t because they have bills to pay. I get all downcast when I read about people being forever bound to their student loans, their credit card debt, their expensive mortgages.
Most of us spend our entire lives being shackled to one thing, or another. It’s not just the corporate jobs we hate. It’s not just the crippling debt. It’s more than just that. I’m sure you’ve heard of people having houses full of stuff, yet at the same time constantly complain that they still live paycheck to paycheck.
Here’s the good news. We all have a choice. A choice to either be free, or to be bound by something that holds us back from the best version of ourselves. That choice? It’s ours to make.