I woke up this morning just like every other day, trying to figure out my activities for today which has probably been laid out since yesterday. going through my schedules and all, filtering the goals have been able to successfully achieve for the past few days. this act of mine is quite encouraging due to how it has successfully increased the rate of my daily productivity and also reduce the rate at which I procrastinate. So every morning I try as much as possible to get this act going, to put things in order, to plan my day and that is how it goes everyday till God knows when.
Though I have been able to plan my day ahead but today something weird happened or should I say a weird thought crossed my mind. I take a look at the activities I have planned for today, those have planned for the days yet to come and those activities I have planned for in the past, they all have something in common. this daily activities are filled with series of long term and short term goals & objectives to achieve broken down into smaller parts to make it easier to achieve. that is all there is in all my activities planned.
Just goals, plans and that is just it, this got me wondering is that all there is to my life? is this all have been doing? is there more to my life than this specific things I have set out to achieve? if there is more, am I the only one not aware of it? this questions kept bothering me and on my mind, I'm unable to shake it off. I had to stay idle for hours just to find a way to sort out some answers that will satisfy my curiosity but no matter how much time I spent thinking about it I couldn't get the kind of answers I was expecting or probably a more direct and simple answer. every other answers that pops up in my mind led to another series of answers and it just went on and on.
I got a little sad for a moment because it dawned on me that I might never be able to find answers to this questions, the funny part is most of this questions have crossed my mind before but I never paid any attention to it because at that moment they just didn't matter.
A friend of mine and a mentor wrote a post recently about work-life balance this write up gave an analysis on how an individual can achieve a balance life. we all know that when it comes to a human life, there are a lot of things involved but there is a particular activity that takes most of our time, WORK We work all our lives for different reasons but mostly to ensure financial independence or stability. a goal that might take forever to achieve, I know you must be thinking why will it take forever to achieve financial independence/stability?
Financial independence in the simpler sense means having source of income that makes you less or not dependent on others for survival, it is mostly for those who are trying to elevate their status from poor to rich, this is achievable as long as you are able to secure a good paying job and manage your finances but financial stability on the other hand is a little tricky. financial stability simply means ability for an individual to ensure a balanced financial status, it is for the rich and poor but mostly for the rich who are trying so hard not get broke. Now here is how it relates to the topic of discussion.
Financial stability is a continuous process of trying to maintain a financial record/status and one of the ways to ensure that is creating an avenue for passive income and managing your finance vigorously. Knowing how unstable the financial world is anything could happen at any moment which could jeopardise the aim of a person to achieve financial stability. the moment you get carried away by this thought you become a ghost of your self, obsessing over it and forgetting all other important stuffs that matters in life just ensure financial stability.
Getting carried away by this obsessive attitude of what is needed to be achieved seems like a forever journey and to make things worst the world of finance has a longer life span than humans, which means eventually when you are gone your worries will no longer matter all that matters are the memories you left behind, which you might have failed to create due to your obsession over your aims and objectives.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying being passionate about your aims and objectives is wrong, there is nothing worst than having a life without a purpose but I'm just trying to let you know there are other things that matters in life you might be overlooking while chasing your dreams, while setting your objectives, while making plans for the future. They say life is what happens while we are busy making other plans, to an extent this proves that we have very little control over our lives, so why not make the best out of those things you can actually control instead of being so obsessive about finances.
I have come to realise that, in those daily plans I have set out to achieve, have I really set any time aside for myself, when last did I go out for a break or have a family time, when last did I visit the restaurant to make myself feel good, when last did I meet up with my friends to joke around and smile probably grab a couple of drinks. they say delayed gratification is a necessary sacrifice to achieve extraordinary things but they never mentioned that time has to allies. there will be a time, probably when I have finally achieved all I needed which is not really possible because there is always something to achieve, so I would say probably a time when I have finally found a way to be content with what I have achieved, there might be no time to engage in other stuffs.
I might not be able to get all the answers I need but I strongly believe that this is a wake up call for me as it should be for you. start putting your life affairs in order., especially finance related activities in order to have time for other things that matters.