By actively contributing to having less money as I pursue my dreams, I have become richer and happier than I could have imagined.
If money were no object, what would you do?
I asked myself this question today, and my answer was simple, I would be doing exactly what I am doing right now.
I’ve written before about how I decided to take a year off my full-time job to pursue my writing career, and my creative talents. It has now been almost 3 months, and each day when I wake up, I still have doubts about whether I have done the right thing, but everyone has doubts along these lines, whether they speak of them is another matter.
To eat and stay alive, I have two casual jobs which are keeping some money coming in during the pursuit of my dreams. However, as anyone who works casually would know, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. This has been the case a few times over the last 2 or 3 months for me, and it is an interesting mindset shift.
I like money, I think about money, I wish I had more of it. But lately where I have been the common denominator in having less, that being I have deliberately been working less to write, I feel a sense of wealth like no other, than cannot be measured by what is in my bank account.
I thought just today about how the less money I have, the richer I truly feel. When money in this world is not a given, like from a full-time job or consistent stream, then this is where we have a choice.
We have the choice to give up and complain about our situation, or we have the choice to go within, and nurture our inner most talents, and feel fulfilled.
I’ve chosen to go with the latter this time around. I’ve done the complaining in my early 20’s, it got me nowhere, apart from becoming angry and bitter.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that there are two types of people reading this right now.
- Those that are saying “pfft, this guy, preaching his holier than thou attitude because he’s regretting his decision”.
2. Those who are saying “YES! This is exactly what I need to be hearing right now, I am at the crossroads of the decision to leave something comfortable and pursue my dreams”.
I write for everyone. I’ve had good comments, bad comments, and just plain ugly. When you are willing to put your life on the Internet in some way shape or form, you are leaving yourself wide open for scrutiny. It is what it is. It gets a little easier to swallow as time goes on, but occasionally it can get you down.
When you speak the truth in your work, you are also fighting an uphill battle, often with yourself, but our inner dialogue can be the trickiest to navigate sometimes.
So how can I feel even remotely rich despite actively becoming almost poor?
Well, it is simple.
1. I am currently breathing
2. I have loving friends who are there for me no matter what and make me laugh.
3. I have a great family.
4. I have a bit of food and a place to sleep.
5. I have faith that my situation is not my entire life, this is just right now.
I also have an awareness after working in welfare for over a decade, that my 5 things above are some that not all can say. I try every day to not take things for granted.
All of my basic needs in order to get up in the morning and function throughout the day are met. Anything else that comes along on top of my basic needs is just a bonus.
I’ll leave you with this quote which I think of from time to time.
“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realise that one cannot eat money”.
A Native American Saying.
Thanks for reading and I would love to hear your thoughts.