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Day 2 Challenge: I want you to write down a reason for why you want to live the freedom lifestyle. Bonus points if you can figure out how to make a positive impact in the world by living this lifestyle.
I have to admit, I'm a little flummoxed as to my definition of "freedom." I guess that for me it means being able to be a complete digital nomad and being able to work from wherever I choose. I may choose to take on contracts that require me to work in one place, but these contracts are short-term and flexible. I don't want to be locked into one year commitments. Three months' commitment is the most I can tolerate.
Freedom means being able to travel and pick up and go at any time. So that prohibits:
- House ownership
- Vast quantities of "stuff"
It must include:
- My husband, Miguel
- Access to mental health care
- Opportunities to connect in person with friends & family
Freedom means living creatively. It means living in different types of housing, traveling to different countries and cultures, working different types of jobs, always learning and creating. It means being spontaneous and having the ability to take up interesting offers at the last minute. It means meeting lots of different kinds of people and building interesting friendships/business partnerships from those connections.
Okay so WHY do I want this lifestyle? Simply, living a constricted, rule-bound, routine-based life is bad for my spirit, creativity, and mental health. My fiction work is dependent on generating lots of ideas and keeping an open and healthy mind. Having lots of new stimulation (that I can control the intake of, since I'm an introvert) is good for my work, good for my brain, good for my soul. I feel happier, lighter, and more involved in the world when I'm living this type of lifestyle.
I think there's also a higher probability that I'll have a positive impact on the world by living this lifestyle, because I tend to connect to more people and find more opportunities to contribute in ways that feel true to me. Living organically helps us connect to our purpose and to the issues that really matter to us. I tend to gravitate towards people and situations that have to do with publishing, travel, media, mental health, books, and feminism and being "free" means that I have more opportunity to access and act on work that gives back.
What does freedom mean to you? What's your ideal lifestyle? What did you think of MY definition of freedom and why I want it? Comment below!