To have anything in life, you have to give something up.
That’s the way it is.
A liberated existence comes with the burden of conscious choice and with conscious choice comes the understanding of what you sacrifice to gain something. This applies across the board – finances, relationships, work, play.
My own choice to vagabond through the U.S. – and soon abroad – was a deliberate one. I put a constant home on the block and struck it down myself. I did not know what other sacrifices that it would take to maintain a life on the road – but as each comes up I learn and accept each for what they are.
Some are easier to let go of – not always having a comfortable bed, while others are harder to deal with – letting go of the possibility of a long term relationship. Yet the vagabond life is one I have chosen and still pursue. It is an honest part of who I am right now and forcing myself to deny that would take me away from my path.
What have you put on the block?
Similarly, to choose self employment over a regular job is to sacrifice the goat of security. That security comes in the form of a regular paycheck, company health insurance, colleague banter we all pine for (maybe not), and so on. We sacrifice the security of being taken care of by a company for the freedom self employment offers. With that freedom we take on the responsibilities that were taken care of by the company – finding clients, paying for health care, finding collaborators on projects, etc.
What is your goat a symbol of?
There are many examples of things that we offer up as sacrifices yet understanding what we gain and what we have given up is important. Whether our sacrifices are for our sanity, our health, our freedom, our security – the choice is ours to make.
What would your sacrifice afford you the freedom to do?
Why haven’t you done it yet?
Flickr photo by Melissa Maples.