Would You Dare To Step Off The Roller Coaster Of Life?
For those of you that live for the weekend and are finally ready to make a change.
What’s the purpose of life? It’s a good question. I ask myself it almost every day. If you’re a millennial your parents most likely taught you this…
Go to school, get good grades, get a good education, find a stable job with benefits and a pension, retire and die.
In short, that’s life. That’s what we were raised to do. Is that not sad? We work to live and we live to work. It’s crazy! Why do we put ourselves through this? Working a minimum of 40 hrs a week and sometimes 50–60+ hours for what? To live for the weekend?
The worst part is a lot of people don’t even have the time to enjoy their weekends. You gotta clean the house, walk the dog, buy groceries, go to the dump, and all sorts of other chores that rip away your precious time you’ve worked all week for.
Why do we put ourselves through this? Because that’s what our parents taught us to do and that’s what their parents taught them to do. This cycle has carried on for generations. Is this what we want to teach our kids? Most people I talk to don’t even want to have kids because they have no time as it is to take care of their own lives, let alone the lives of children.
I heard that it’s actually easier to live life with less money because then you have less to loose. I always thought it was something broke people would say to make themselves feel better. Until I went through it. It’s actually so true.
I use to work at a pizza chain as a delivery driver. Made only minimum wage and tips. However, I was able to live in a really nice apartment, buy a nice car in cash and live a pretty decent life.
I now make five times the monthly income, get taxed far more and work long hours. The insane part is I really don’t have that much better of a life than I did when I use to deliver pizza.
The point I’m trying to make is the more money you make, the more your lifestyle changes, and the less you focus on your finances. Your brain thinks “I worked really hard all week and now I deserve all this extra crap.” But none of it makes you any happier.
Back when you were making minimum wage you actually cared about every single dollar that came out of your account. Your finances were more of a priority because you had less to spend, so you had to be careful where your money went.
So then if money doesn’t make you happy and working all those extra hours doesn’t make your life any better why the hell do we do it? Because that’s what our parents taught us to do?
You first need to ask yourself, what makes you happy? From there you can start to make a change. It took me years to realize this. I thought if I worked really hard and bought a sports car I would be happy.
Then I realized, what’s the point in owning a sports car if you don’t even have time to enjoy it. My new life goal is to buy things that create experiences. Filling my life with possessions will not make me any happier. If anything, they made me more miserable because then I had to work more to pay them off.
Now comes the question…
How do I work less, so I can do the things that make me happy, so I can live a better life?
It sounds so complicated. But it’s actually really easy.
Step 1. Work less or better yet, save up enough money so that you can quit your job and do what you actually love. If you already love your job then great! If you are like most people and don’t love your job then do what you are most passionate about.
Step 2. Do things that make you happy. If it doesn’t make you happy, sell it and use the money to do something that actually does make you happy.
Step 3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 to live a better life.
The answer to the question is literally in the question.
Are you going to make the change? I’ll be honest it might be tough. I’m writing this post and giving you all this advice on how easy it is to live a purposeful life and even I haven’t done it yet!
The reason I wrote the post was to call myself on my own bullshit. I know how to live a better life and know I just need to go out and do it. Now that I’ve taught you hopefully you will do the same thing.
My goal is to give you an update on my progress towards true happiness. This post is hopefully the spark that will light a firecracker up my ass to follow my dreams.
I would love to know if there’s anyone out there that has stepped off the roller coaster of life? Have any of you committed your life to doing only things that make you happy? If so, how did you make the change? Please give your story in the comments section below.
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Thanks for reading. Best of luck on your journey to find true happiness :)