I used to spend a lot of time daydreaming about all of the things I’d like to be doing with my life. But I had a corporate job and was busy ticking things off my bucket list, settling down, finding a house and a man who’d love me. All of the things I felt I should do, all of the things society tells us is the way. But my life lacked meaning and I was unsure of what my real purpose was. Stuck is a job that suffocated my soul, I thought there must be other ways to make ends meet? Do you ever find yourself asking those questions; is this all there is? Is this what life is all about? What would you do if you had more time, money, freedom?
We have a tendency to equate success based on what we have or what we earn. I grew up thinking the more money I had, the more successful I was, and that more was always better. I spent much of my life chasing the elusive dream, the house, car, corporate titles and earned a lot of money in the process but it was doing this that made me realize material wealth does not make me happy, in fact, it can have the opposite effect. I worked all hours to earn more money, but it left me with no time to do the things I enjoyed and to live my life, beyond the material.
I spent many years trying to fit in, doing what I thought I should, conforming to society’s norms, though, it didn’t make me happy. When I hit 30 I decided there must be more to life than this and went in search of happiness. I left my top corporate job, my relationship of 7 years, my home, possessions and my country.