You might have noticed my blogging activity has slowed to a trickle in the last few months and what used to be weekly blogs are lucky to occur even monthly. My time has mostly been taken up by work as I received a promotion and now manage a global team, but it’s also taken up heavily by our new renovation project – which is about 75% complete after six months. We’re finally getting to normalcy in our house as our kitchen is nearly complete, so I plan to get back to blogging.
However, there’s another reason my blogging has slowed: my wife and I are still mentally floating after we returned from our round the world trip last year (ok, actually returned Nov 2013, does that make it two years ago???). We moved to Dallas, bought a house, fully reentered the workforce, and are both quite busy with work, but we’re somehow lost. We’ve gone from a state of near total freedom back to work servitude and our minds won’t let us fully adapt.
I can’t remember the name of the book I read it in, but a line that stuck in my head since was that it’s easier to never give freedom in the first place than to give freedom and then try taking it away. We had freedom and we’ve voluntarily given it away, but for obvious reasons like we couldn’t be nomads forever and we didn’t have an endless amount of money to blow. However, we know the type of lifestyle we prefer, and now the challenge is making it happen.
What’s Your Point?
You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this and pointing out that everyone probably feels the exact same way we feel, so as you’re probably yelling it at me, I’ll throw it back at you instead – What’s your Point?!?
Are you working purposefully towards some clear goals in life, or are you just working because that’s what we do?
Your life is incredibly valuable, and you only get one shot at it. As much as I’d like to recommend quitting your job and going backpacking for nine months, I can’t unless you’ve previously committed to it and taken the right steps to make it happen. What’s your point in life? Are you living it now or are you simply going through the motions?
My wife and I are working incredibly hard this year, even with our mental confusion, because we know what we want to create. We need to make more money to fund our next adventure in life. We’ll work hard to do it, live off of one income while we both work, save and invest, stay debt free (besides mortgage) and complete our renovation so we can try to make some money off the house if we eventually need to sell it.
I hope you’re doing the same and instead of letting life happen to you, you’re pushing as hard as your can towards your point.