I chose the Sunburn theme because it's the title of one of my favourite songs. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, it's a song by a band called Muse. One of my favourite bands.
I am sort of new in the blogging world, yet not so new in the writing world. I have enjoyed writing thoughts ever since I can remember. I tried to keep a diary several times when I was little, but it wasn't easy. Still, I enjoyed writing stories for school. We'd usually have these “writing contests” and on more than one occasion I received the first prize. Of course, I was very shy back then, and didn't quite enjoy being the centre of attention. So, you can imagine how hard it was for me to get up from my seat and go on that little stage they had at the school gym to receive my award. People would applaud and look at me, and all I wanted was to walk away as quickly as possible! With a big smile on my face and a great sense of self-accomplishment in my heart.
Years later, I still find myself as a shy person, but I have overcome most of it. I'm no longer afraid of recognition, yet it's not something I crave for. I am happy about myself and the person I've become. I'm happy to be different from most people my age. Oh… I'm 24 years old by the way. I guess that's still reasonably young, right? Anyway, as I was telling you, I'm very happy to be alive, most people aren't grateful to be alive. Not me, not anymore (Yes, I am a SAW fan!). I did have my depressing periods. I remember being a teenager. Now, weren't those the worst years of our lives? I mean, how many people can say they truly enjoyed being 14 – 16. Man, that sucked. I wasn't too happy until I turned about 18 or 19. How many of us had a crush on someone who never ever paid attention to us? Except of course, when they had missed a class and perfectly knew that we'd be more than willing to lend them our notes. Oh, how blind were we.
The World is so different after our school years, even after our Uni years. I think those 5 years I spent at the University were the best years of my life. Until then at least. Now I'm in a position where I can say I'm happy to have a steady job, which comes along with a steady income. It does feel great to have some independence. It feels great to be free to make our own financial decisions, to buy whatever we want, whenever we want. But, what's the price that most of us pay for this freedom? We give up another freedom: living our lives whenever we want to.
Having a job is probably the least freeing experience in the world. Of course, most people will think “Oh, yes. I finally have my own money and I can buy my own apartment, my own car, my own things!!”. But… aren't we missing something very important here? We are not free anymore to do the things we like!! Life is a neverending prison: you're born a prisoner of your family and their values. Then we become prisoners of education (I'm very grateful to have received education, I think it's amazing, don't misunderstand me here), we have to go to school, do homework, make our parents happy. Then, after those painful 12 years of school, we move on to another prison: University. (you know what else is funny? We have to pay for education! It may be a prison, but it can also be a blessing! ) Again we have to work hard to become what we want to be in life (and that's saying a lot. How many of you studied something just because there was nothing else you could do? Or just because your parents and family told you to? Raise your hand!). And then, when we are done studying for whatever amount of years our career of choice lasts, we move on to yet another prison, perhaps the longest and hardest to give up: W-O-R-K.
Now… how many of you would give anything to stop working? I know I would. Even though I love my job, I miss not being able to do it whenever I want. There are so many days when I wake up in the morning thinknig “God, I wish I could just skip work today and not having to give any explanations to anybody!”. I know it has happened to me, and perhaps it has happened to you too. No matter what we do, being social beings doesn't allow us to do whatever we want and whenever we want to. We will always have to explain things to someone, either our friends, family, or the authorities. But what would it feel like if we could narrow down that list? Which brings me to my main goal in my life right now: Financial Freedom.
“Money doesn't buy happiness.” That statement has some truth to it. But what money does do is buy me the time to do what I love and pay other people to do what I hate doing. – Robert Kiyosaki
How Many of you have heard of Mr. Robert Kiyosaki? I sure have. And he has become a big inspiration to me, amongst other inspirations I have, of course. Anyway, this man didn't make it big before hitting rock-bottom. He didn't become rich overnight, but at least he had a goal and he focused and directed all of his activities to reach that goal. Now I'm a firm believer that “when there's a will, there's a way” as cliché as it may sound. It's the truth. We are constantly setting limits to ourselves whenever we claim that “we can't ” do something. I didn't only learn this from Mr Kiyosaki, actually I learnt that lesson quite a few years ago. I remember when the books “Conversations with God” made their way towards my hands. I learnt the best lessons I could have ever learnt about life there. And you don't need to be a believer, just open minded enough.
Right now I'm working to reach financial freedom, but not because of financial freedom itself. I want existential freedom. I want to be free to do the things I want to do. I want to be free to decide when to work and who to work with! I want to be free to take a day off, a week off… how about, a lifetime off. If you share similar goals, I would LOVE to connect with you and keep in touch. The more people working together to reach one goal, the faster the goal can be accomplished.
Anyway, I'm about to reach the end of my very first entry. I look forward to interacting with more smart people around here. And, I love making friends, so please let me get to know you 🙂
All the best.