You know those people on Instagram and Twitter who seem to live lives of perpetual vacation, yet rent apartments in pricey New York City and are always dressed to the nines? You know who I mean? I sit there, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, stop on one of these fantasy-life accounts’ photos, and can’t help but wonder:
“How did they create this life? Can they sign me up? What are their secrets?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of working in a way that is independent of a location. I see those Instagram accounts and am instantly envious, but when it comes down to it, I know these people weren’t handed these seemingly carefree, adventurous lives. They had to work for them and they had to make decisions that would take them there. But how?
I am on a mission to create a life for myself that encompasses all of my passions and a life that allows me to freely express them in the ways that I want — be it through writing, photography, blogging, or anything else that might happen to tickle my fancy. I don’t want to work less hard, but I want to work smarter, allowing more time to enjoy the simple things in life. I don’t want to work less, but I want spend my time working on projects and endeavors that fuel my creativity and passions and soul.
As Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, calls it, I want to create time wealth.
So you’re reading this like, ‘Duh, everyone wants that.’
And I know everyone wants that… but the thing is, not everyone does that, and I know that it really is a doable feat. Not everyone “lives their dreams” and not everyone pursues goals that would satisfy their true selves. A lot of people probably don’t even know what they really, truly want, because they’ve bought into the idea that you have to earn time to pursue your passions. The idea that you have to work yourself into an exhausted, burnt out state just to squeeze in a “relaxing” weekend at home on the couch or at the same bar week after week. Maybe they’ve forgotten that life just doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It’s just really doesn’t. It doesn’t have to be so dull.
To me, working smarter and on things that you are passionate about just makes sense. Why would we try to do it any other way? Sure, someone needs to be the trashman and someone needs to be the bagger at the grocery store – jobs no one really wants or is “passionate” about (as far as I know). And to be frank, that sucks.
But for those people who go through high school, go through college, go through any type of training just to end up in a job that you dread going to everyday … really, what is the point? Is that really all life is about?
For those people who are content with working jobs that don’t particularly enthuse them and are content with just picking up a paycheck at the end of the week – good for them, I guess. Maybe my way of thinking just isn’t for them, and I wouldn’t want to force any way of thinking onto anybody, because I sure as hell can’t stand anyone trying to dictate how I should live my life.
My question is for those who HAVE recognized their unhappiness. I want to hear from those people who realized that there is so much more to life than to just go through the motions and float on by in a basically-comatose state. Those who have come alive and are striving every single day to make their lives into a work of art: How did you do it?
And I have even more questions, more practical ones: How do you literally sustain yourself without a steady income? Do you write/freelance — and do you make enough money to pay your rent, your bills, to travel? Do you work part-time? Did you start your own business? How did you know where to start? I’ve got a million ideas for how I want to spend my time, but determining how to sufficiently finance it is spinning me round in circles.
I want to have an open discussion with people who have felt stuck, fought through the frustration and struggles and darkness, and decided to open the blinds. People who were “sick of the deferred-life plan and wanted to live life large instead of postpone it.”
How did you decide that you were going to start living the life you really wanted?
How did you create your own time wealth?