This is part of an ongoing series on happiness. I’m going to continue sharing everyday moments, experiences, and activities where I feel most happy. Since I believe the pursuit of happiness is something that binds humanity, and since one of the major reasons to attain financial freedom in the first place is to improve one’s happiness, I find it important to share aspects of my life where I feel like the pursuit of happiness is most successful. I hope to show through these regular insights that not only does it not take much (or any) money to improve one’s happiness but also that financial freedom provides additional opportunities (via more time) to boost happiness.
I suppose I always knew I had a passion for writing.
I used to bang on this broken typewriter when I was a kid. (I have no idea where my parents got it.)
And I always looked forward to telling stories in school. Any opportunity to write an essay was a chance for me to flex my writing muscles and craft something indelible.
Looking back on it, I figured that it was inevitable that writing was going to be a part of my life. However, actually being able to write for a living is quite another feat. And it’s in that regard that I’m so incredibly blessed.
Starting a blog back in 2011 and giving my writing my best effort has totally changed my life for the better. Writing about my life, setbacks, and victories has in turn inspired others to climb their own mountains. Writing allows me to positively impact people and change the world in my own little way. It’s thrilling. And powerful.
I believe that one of the greatest gifts of financial freedom is that it allows you to be you. Not only that, it allows you to be a better you. And it allows you to find you. The true you. The you you were always meant to be.
That’s because financial freedom eliminates money from the equation, usually.
Once you’re able to concentrate on just what you enjoy, you find that you’re able to spread your wings. You’re able to fly without fear of falling flat on your face. You’re able to take leap after leap. It’s an unbelievable gift.
Writing is me taking that leap. Over and over again. Every article I write is a new leap. It’s me standing on the ledge, ready to put my innermost thoughts and feelings into the world, ready to be judged, applauded, or criticized.
But I don’t do it for the money. I do it because I genuinely want to inspire those who want to be inspired. I want to prove that we’re capable of so much as individuals. Collectively, well, we can do almost anything.
The written word has been so important to our species since the time we’ve been first able to communicate.
And I think that’s because most of us are fascinated by the possibilities. The stories we can read. The adventures that are out there. The inspiration that can be had. The knowledge that can be gained.
I’ve always thought about how great it would be to add to that vast collection of written knowledge – the sum of all of humanity’s written history. I can become practically immortal in that respect. My writing will most likely live on long after I’m dead. And it continues to live on well past my immediate circle, influencing people all over the world. That gives me some serious warm fuzzies.
What I really enjoy about writing is that the end product become whatever someone wants it to be.
Three different people can read the same article and take away three different conclusions. That’s really neat, isn’t it?
Writing allows us to commiserate. The written word gives us hope. It fills our dreams with aspirations beyond what we think we’re capable of.
It was all of those people that came before me, that wrote about saving, investing, financial freedom, optimism, happiness, and finding purpose who inspired me to first take up the mantle of freedom crusader. Their writing inspired me to find inner peace, balance, and happiness via financial freedom and all of the benefits it confers. If it weren’t for the written words that came before me, I wouldn’t be here.
And so I find great gratitude in being able to write at all. It’s because financial freedom eliminates the need for money from the equation that I’m even able to write as much as I do. And it’s through the pursuit of and achievement of financial freedom that I’ve been able to find both my voice and my opportunity.
Being the real me – and the better me – involves positively impacting the world in a tiny way. Being me means being a part of so many other lives. Being a better me means scaling that up and constantly improving myself as I strive toward my ultimate potential as a human being.
Writing also allows me to focus all of my ideas. I sometimes take grasp of something that seems abstract and hazy, but writing allows me to shape and chip away at that idea (almost like chipping away at granite) until it becomes concrete. I try to take something that seems impossible and make it easy. A mountain just looks like a gigantic, impassable piece of earth until you illuminate a path straight to the top.
So I believe that writing has allowed me to become a better me in so many ways. Putting my real-life numbers out there for the world to see has motivated me to become more strict with everything I’ve done, as I didn’t want to fail in front of everyone. I wanted more than ever to succeed, to show what’s possible. In order to motivate and inspire, I had to be an example. Although I see a near future in which I’m writing less about what I’m doing in order to have more time to help others, I’m so glad that I’ve been able to lead by example.
And my writing, along with the journey that provided the basis for the content, is part of human history. It’s the written word. I can only hope that I’m able to write a few more words before I hang it up one day.
Writing makes me happy. And I’m so grateful that it costs practically nothing, other than my time. Fortunately, financial freedom has gifted me so much time. And since time is a far more valuable resource than money, I’m keen to use that gift wisely. I can hardly think of wiser ways to spend that time than by writing. Being able to positively impact people allows me to enjoy writing that much more. As such, I think writing will always be a part of my life.
What about you? Do you enjoy writing? Are you happy to be part of something so much bigger than yourself?
Thanks for reading.