This little thing called financial independence that no one talks about

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What would you really do if all your bills were paid and all the money you ever need is taken care of?

I came across this quote years back in a facebook post. It is a heavily loaded question, one that I dare not ask myself. I have been pondering over this question for years now and I don’t have the answer yet.

This is not my story. This is not just my story. This is the story of millions who go about there lives working 9 to 5, so they can take care of their bills, provide shelter and put food on the plate for their loved ones and themselves; Looking forward for the weekends and the short vacations they can afford. If its not clear yet, I am talking about the middle-class.

I was in my 12th grade and the marks I get in the public exams was supposed to determine how the rest of my life is going to workout. That’s quite a bit of pressure to put on a seventeen year old.

Engineering was all the craze then. I had no clue what I was interested in, but I decided to go with the flow and get into engineering. My 12th grade marks came out, I had a pretty decent score and I went to meet a career counselor. I had a bit of interest in Computer science since I had learnt coding. The career counselor told me I wouldn’t be getting top colleges for CSc major for my marks. He recommended me to take any course in top colleges since that would get me a placement in consulting companies. I agreed and I majored in Instrumentation and Control engineering, a course to this day I have no idea what it is exactly about.

I got offers. I ended up as a software engineer irrespective of my major. I switched companies and I am living a comfortable middle-class life.

All is good, isn’t it?

No. Its not.

Every decision we make in life is limited by our financial commitments from birth to death.

We all think we are free. We believe we could do whatever we want. We forget to see the invisible chain that ties us to the ground and influences our thought process. Every decision we make in life is limited by our financial commitments from birth to death. The trip that you want to take, your passion that you want to pursue full-time all are limited by your net-worth and your bank balance.

Financial independence is so underrated, the people who have it, don’t realize they have it and the ones without, do not realize they exist.

What would I really do if all my bills were paid and all the money I ever need is taken care of?

I wish I could ask this question.

Not today.

Hopefully tomorrow.