In life we usually find ourselves ‘trapped’ in things we feel are out of our control.
A job you hate.
A bad relationship.
A failing business.
A failing partnership.
Not having enough money.
This trapped feeling, brings a desire for freedom.
We feel like we don’t have a choice.
But what is freedom REALLY?
To me, freedom is a choice, a state of mind.
This may bold, but unless you’re trapped in a box, tied down, or being oppressed in some way. You are free to change whatever situation you’re in right now, in this moment, by changing your mind. Even in the worse of situations you still have freedom!
Viktor Frankl, a well-known holocaust survivor proves this in his wise words,
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
For me, I use to believe freedom meant I had to be rich and wealthy. Since I grew up without a lot of money, this was my own crappy belief for a long time. “If I could only become rich then I could be free to do anything I wanted, anytime I wanted and would be free!”
While this is partially true, I failed to realize I was already free to do anything I wanted, anytime I wanted whether I was rich or not.
When my bank balance catches up to my mindset, it will buy me more time freedom, but not freedom. A freedom that I can experience now through my own personal happiness.
In pursuit of freedom through external circumstances, I found the opposite to be true. More money, riches, and external things will only bring you more stress and anxiety. IF you don’t already find your own freedom (and happiness) within first.
“Mo Money, Mo Problems” – The Notorious B.I.G
The external stuff should just be icing on the cake for you.
Otherwise more money (or more of anything) can just bring more problems. You have to get the inside right first.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the use of money just as much as the next person. Money is a part of our society and the more you have of it the more of your time you get to control.
BUT, it cannot make you happy. At least not real long term happiness.
I’ve met with millionaires who seemed to have it all, who were happy and “free” on the outside. Yet, behind closed doors lived miserable lives of quiet desperation, as Henry Thoreau said.
They hated what they did, hated the responsibilities being rich brought on them, and so much more.
If you want freedom, my own advice is to first BE free now in your own mind. Understand that you have that choice right now.
As you maintain your freedom state of mind, you may be surprised to find that your current circumstances will start to change. You will eventually become free of the things that once held you prisoner.
Your freedom is a choice, so be free now.