Most people change over time, some for the worse and some for the better.
How a person changes depends on his or her decision. But I also believe that the circumstances that happen in one’s life is a big factor on affecting that change.
For example, I’ve been out of the corporate world for ten years now, and the journey has been a great roller coaster adventure.
Looking back and remembering who I was, and comparing that person to who I am today, I can’t help but see how financial independence has changed the way I think, act, view and respond to the world around me now.
Here are 10 things that happened and changed in me through the years:
- I am no longer stressed about life. I now look forward to each day, regardless if it’s a rainy day or a Monday.
- I’ve given up the habit of worrying and learned to accept life as it comes. Because I know that no matter what happens, I can always rely on my skills (or learn new ones) to adapt.
- I don’t get bothered anymore by small and petty things, like people who drive slow on the fast lane of the highway, or unfriendly and unhelpful department store salespeople.
- I stopped blaming others when things become hard for me. I’ve accepted the fact that whatever happens in my life is caused by my own decisions, and not because my parents, my teachers, or the government did something wrong.
- I now have a healthier self-image. I don’t have six-pack abs, big biceps, nor broad shoulders – but I will not hesitate to take off my shirt on the beach and enjoy the sun and the sea.
- I now believe that the world is abundant with opportunities. I used to think that “opportunity knocks only once”, but I’ve learned that all you need to do is open your door, and you’ll see that they’re just all outside, waiting for you to come out.
- I’m always excited to try new things, specially those that I’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance before. Moreover, I don’t mind asking for help from others who are better than me in learning those things.
- There’s now less drama in my life; gone are the days when I used to sulk in my bedroom to wallow in self-pity and regret. Whenever I feel sad or depressed, I simply exercise and run. Minutes later, I feel better and invigorated about life.
- I now care less of what other people think, what’s more important to me now is that I’m the best person that I can be to my friends and family.
- I am no longer afraid to fail, nor make and admit my mistakes – because I’ve discovered that failures and bad decisions are not just learning experiences, but they also make success so much sweeter in the end.
I could say that pursuing financial independence was the best goal in life that I’ve ever worked really hard for; and it can be yours too. Try it because it’s all worth it.
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