This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2
Today, I am supposed to write about why I want to live the freedom lifestyle.
There are easy answers to this question. I want to have the freedom to earn more money. I want to have the freedom to work when I want. I want to have the freedom to work where I want. I want to have the freedom to make my own choices about what I will do, when I will do it, and how much I will charge for it.
Those are the easy answers.
And, in part, they are my answers as well.
I do want to earn more money. Earning money as a substitute teacher means that it is nearly impossible to live on my own and have any type of a life. It means that I have no control over when I work or how often I get to work. I am the total mercy of other people – and, oftentimes, a computer system.
I want to work when I want to. I alluded to this before. I want to be able to work when I want to. As a teacher, you don’t have this luxury. Your vacation time is the same as the kids. Yes, you have personal days and sick days and such, but you can’t take 2 weeks of this to go on vacation at a nonpeak time with family or friends. Also, when you’re a substitute, you can’t just walk into school and work any given day. You have to have a teacher that you are going in for.
I want to work where I want. If I want to get up and move someday, I want to be able to do that without work holding me back. I want to be able to say that I would love to go on vacation and maybe put in a couple of hours of work a day – either at night or in the morning – and still have a great time.
The crux behind all of this comes from a conversation that I have had with a couple of friends of mine. The conversation usually goes something like this:
Me – I wish I were independently wealthy.
Friend – Me too.
Me – I mean, it’s not just that I would be able to do anything I wanted whenever I wanted and not have to worry about work. I could also help people. I could donate money to people and I could really help out like I can’t now.
Friend – It would be nice.
And that is the conversation that leads to my why. I want to be able to help people. In some way and at some point, I want to be able to help other people. I want to be able to buy my mom a nice gift without wondering if it’ll mean that I won’t be able to do something for myself. I want to be able to help my dad go on a nice bike trip without wondering if it means that I won’t get to go on a trip that I really want to go on. I want to be able to take my siblings out to dinner and pay without wondering if it means that I won’t eat anything but Ramen for the next week.
Even more than that, I want to be able to help kids that really need. Kids that don’t know where their next meal will come from or where they’ll sleep.
I want to help make the world a better place. And that is my why.
I don’t yet know how that will happen, but I will figure it out and I will help make this why happen. I will help make the world a better place.
What is your why? Let me know!