What is FREEDOM to you? Is it not having to worry about money?? Or is it the ability to say what you think and do what you want? I think all of us view freedom differently, but yet all of us share the same desire to have freedom.
Freedom isn’t free! Contrary to the word itself, freedom comes with a price tag. We have to sacrifice something, be it money or our time, in exchange for our freedom. None of us will enjoy 100% freedom as we tend to bound ourselves to different type of commitments that will curtail our freedom. But some of us are much lucky as we enjoy more freedom than others.
For myself, I enjoy great freedom in many aspects and I will share why I’m so lucky. Firstly, I don’t care about what people say or think of me. Hence it gives me the freedom to live the life I want without fear of repercussions. I live my life at my own terms and conditions and I can modify along the way as I deem fit to suit my lifestyle. Because I don’t care about other people opinions and views of me, I can be MYSELF. The professional and personal me is the same. I don’t wear mask, unlike most people. Hence it is a trait admire by most people.
Secondly, I have the financial freedom to choose the quality of life I want to live and enjoy. I don’t have a lot of money and I do have loans commitment (like majority of the people, but I’m still able to support myself and travels when I feel like it. I still stay in 4-5 stars hotels/resorts, do my shopping and eat any food I want (not a big eater or a foodie so doesn’t cost much for me to eat. haha). I haven’t have a steady income for more than 3 years and I lost a fair bit of money in my investments (beer & restaurant businesses. not to mention got stuck with lousy asset in Ipoh that is causing me to burn a hole in my bank account with the loan instalment I have to pay. Bleeding me dry soon. haha), but yet I didn’t need to sacrifice much for my quality of life. So not too bad.
Thirdly, I’m able to choose my work and career choice. I don’t have to force myself to work for people to earn a steady income because of my financial freedom. I don’t need to force myself to get up at 7am to get to work daily and do reporting or paperworks. This is the freedom that majority of the people crave for and I’m bless to be able to have it. Not only I’m able to do what I love, I also get to choose the deals I want to work on. Simply put I don’t work for money. I work on a deal/project because I know I will learn new things and I get to work with people who are like minded like me, friendly and professional. I want to work on a deal/project that not only adds more zeroes in my bank account, but also able to feed my brain and my soul. In simple words, I can’t be bought by money. Of course I love to be rewarded by money, but it is not the pinnacle of the reward for me.
Fourthly, I’m single hence I have the freedom to do whatever I please without having to seek another person “ok” or make compromises in my decisions or have to consider the other person feelings/thoughts/views. I can go where I want/love and do what I like/love. Of course there will be people out there who would say I’m selfish and lonely (which I admit I feel occasionally), but I don’t care what they say/think because without freedom it is like living without air. I have witnessed too many relationship failures/dramas and seriously makes me think thrice about sacrificing my freedom in exchange for a full-time lover. I will only seriously consider being in a relationship if my freedom isn’t curtailed and the compromised I have to make will not affect me too drastically or greatly. Otherwise, I think I might just opt to have fuck buddy or casual relationship.
I don’t need a man to support me financially or emotionally. I just want a man to satisfy me physically when I want it so why buy a tree when I can have the forest 😜?? Anyway, in short, freedom to me is the ability to choose the life I want both professionally and personally. And so far I’m lucky and bless to be able to enjoy freedom in both areas of my life.
I wish everyone will soon be able to achieve their own FREEDOM too. Happy Tuesday peeps!