I was not one of those people who always knew what she wanted to be. I had interests for sure and I thought maybe I could make a living at them but really I spent most of my twenties just trying to figure stuff out. Certain things became apparent. I needed to be creative, somehow, in some part of my life. And, though I could play the game and work in an office environment, it really didn’t make me happy. It was so inefficient, so maddening. And when the movie The Matrix came out, I finally had a metaphor for the box I had been living in.
Certain books came to change how I viewed the working world. The first was Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: The Results-Only Revolution by Cali Ressler and Jody Thomson. The philosophy behind this book was that work can get done without the restraints of 9-5, 5 days a week. It allows for work flexibility that takes into account the other aspects of life like family, hobbies, and just plain getting stuff done. It was a revelation to me. It also made working within the confines of regular work harder.
Then I read The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. This book defined a life where by you could work from any where so long as you had an online business and an internet connection.
Well, that was it. I was convinced. I just needed to figure out how to make this idea work for me. Unfortunately, I’ve never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. I have tons of ideas but the steps between the idea and the execution of it remain somewhat elusive. I have however, been doing much more directed research lately, the discoveries of which I hope to share through this blog; along with the other things rattling around in my brain looking for an outlet.
I know now what I want from life. I want what most people want – freedom to experience the world around us, freedom to spend time with friends and family, to have the time to learn and be creative. I am still working on the ways and means to accomplish this goal but I like to think I am closer.
Behind all of my ambitions to have the life of my dreams is a passion to save the environment that sustains us. As I read recently, there are no jobs on a dead planet.