Freedom *Isn’t* What You Want. A Part of Being Human Is Doing Things.

The lie of the digital nomad quit-your-job-life.

Tim Denning
Oct 22 · 6 min read
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The Start of Freedom

It starts out being fun. You take what you love doing and do it full-time. Seems straightforward. Nothing in life ever is.

Those Around You Can Warp the Idea of Freedom

This idea of freedom I was living was borrowed.

Chasing Rainbows

So you get your boss off your back and don’t have to take orders from anybody. Suddenly you’re going to be doing happy dances every day to McDonald’s, right? Nope. Not even close.

A new version of retirement

What if you thought about retirement differently? The way I think about retirement is that it’s a period in my life where I don’t have to do work that grinds my gears anymore to pay bills.

The Ability to Just Play and Goof Off

When I lived this digital nomad life last year everything became far too serious. Nat reminded me that you should never underestimate the ability to just play and goof off.

Have Multiple Sources of Meaning

Writing gave my life meaning. The problem was I depended on writing like a crack addict to give me my next hit of meaning.

The False Reality of Travel

It’s nice to travel. Travel is one reason people want to quit their jobs and become a digital nomad. I love travel too. It’s nice to explore the ancient ruins of Rome like I did two years ago. You know what’s weird?

What You Really Want

I realized that I didn’t want a lifestyle or material possessions at all.

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