It has been a while since my last post and quite frankly, I haven’t been updating my blog as often as I would like.
Exhaustion has caught up to me and I haven’t achieved much progress financially as of lately. I had no other choice but to take a short break from finances to recover. However, the good news is that I am now ready to get back into the game.
During my break, I have thought about the value of time and what it actually meant to me. I can’t explain it but I just happened to wake up one morning with an epiphany. I have realized that I may have taken my time for granted and it is something that I would like to change. Here is a deeper look into it:
Time is Finite!
Many people have probably heard the phrase “time is money” before.
Although I believe that to be quite true, I am starting to believe that time is more valuable than money. Having the freedom to do the things that I love instead of staying at a full time job is something that I look forward to at the end of my financial journey. Life is way too short for me to spend a third of my life working for someone else.
Another thing to consider is the energy spent at work. After a long day or week from my job, I have very little energy left over to pursue any financial goals. When I take this into account, I believe that my job takes way more than the 8 hours per day I spend there.
Sometimes I would like to think that if I was unemployed; my time could be better spent doing other things especially with my aggressive financial plan to freedom.
Freedom from Work
Having family responsibilities is one of the reasons why I haven’t put in my resignation already. Although I do not have a family of my own just yet, both my parents are getting old and I have no idea how much longer they can work before I have to take over.
If I only had to worry about myself, I might have quit my job a long time ago and started travelling. I am pretty sure that I would be able to find some other way of generating income.
On the other hand, my job isn’t all too bad. It can be very stressful and tiring even though I net around $70,000 now after my raise and I am going to get another one in a few months. It also comes with a nice benefits package and pension plan. Sadly, I won’t be around for 25 years to collect that.
It is a good gig for now but I don’t believe that it would lead me to financial freedom within my timeline. Instead of working for the city, I would much rather prefer to start my own business and become my own boss. I plan on pursuing this in the near future.
Finding a Balance
I believe that a good job is one that promotes a healthy work-life balance. Unfortunately, my current job consumes my entire life and that leaves me wondering whether I could make better use of my time.
I would love to have more free time to work on becoming a better person but this is something I could not afford as of right now.
In the meantime, I will be proactively searching for other employment opportunities that meet this criteria, both inside and outside of my current employer whilst I work on my financial skills.
Do you find that your job is taking too much of your freedom away? I’d love to hear all about it!
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