The dictionary defines Freedom as “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants”.
I ask myself: What am I doing to achieve that power in my life? Because I don’t think I have it within me right now. I believe I speak and I think as I want but I don’t feel I can act as I want, at least not 100%. My current job ties me up to a schedule, a routine, a certain behaviour dictated by corporate norms and guidelines. Most importantly it ties me up to a place and it stops me from attempting to achieve a life of financial independence while traveling on a full-time basis.
In case you haven’t read the “About me” page, I will give you some context here. I currently live in London. I have lived here for the last 18 years. I am originally from Colombia, but all my family lives back home. I see them once a year but due to work restrictions, every time tighter and tighter, I can only see them for 2 or 3 weeks at one single time. Back when I was 18 years younger, this was not an issue. In fact, I moved to London and only made it back home for the first time after three years. But as the time goes by and my hair goes grey I feel the urge to spend more time with my loved ones. Some of them are no longer with me: my Dad, my Aunt, five uncles all passed away whilst I was here in London. I don’t want this to be the case anymore.
There are hundreds of people like me here in London and in many other cities around the world, spending our lives away from our loved ones and doing a 9-5 job that perhaps at some point made us happy. Eagerly counting down the days to Friday to then see the weekends vanishing in a split of a second. We put up with it only because our jobs provide a decent living even if this means sacrificing two of the things that should matter the most to any of us: our families and our desire to do in life what we really want to do. There is always this fear in the back of our heads that stop us from pursuing that desire. There is the inner voice telling us we should stay where we are because it is what we are good at and it pays our bills and allows us to lead a life of certain comfort. There is always this complacent tendency we wish to lead our lives with because we think we are not good enough to do something that really inspires us or makes us truly happy. There is always this constant embedded fear of the unknown. We got to stop all these blockers and be brave. We must embrace new challenges and put a halt to complacency and mediocrity.
If like me, you have also been considering giving your life a makeover, don’t put it off thinking you will do it next year. Life is precious, and time escapes us when we least expect it. Let’s not waste our lives doing something that doesn’t make us happy. Life is way too short for that.
In my personal case, it has been a while since I started thinking about the idea of pursuing my own dream to become a freelance travel blogger. I would love to see it succeed and eventually being able to live from it. Traveling more and spending more time with my family are some of the perks after success comes. However, my dream goal is to reach a stage where I can inspire and help others to do the same.
For now, I am working my way up to freedom. I want to break free from any chains. I want to be free from work schedules imposed on me by others. I want to be free from a day to day boring checklist. Oh God, I can’t wait to be the master of my own life. It is going to be scary, I am not going to lie. But it will also be the most liberating thing I have ever done, and I am certain that if I put all my effort, dedication and passion onto this I will pull it off and then the financial rewards will follow in due time. If many others have done it before me, why can I not do the same? OF COURSE, I can and I am going to use 40 chasing freedom to demonstrate it. It is my life homework for the years to come.
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40 Chasing Freedom