Growing up, I just knew that I wanted to be something...to be somebody.
However, given that vague description, I have to admit that I never had a clear picture of what I wanted to achieve. If you were to peer into my life using a scope, you would spend hours calibrating the focusing ring and the resulting image would still be a fuzzy, blur image.
So, I took the path frequently travelled. It was, after all, the safest path that would put food on the table and ensure that the bills get paid on time.
That path demands a major portion of my youth for the security of a paycheck - the corporate treadmill.
While I've only been running on the corporate treadmill for roughly 2 years now, I can't see myself in this maze for the next 40 years. A life that is centred only on the weekends is not one that I'm proud of.
But through this, my ambition has never been clearer.
I no longer want to be bounded by a paycheck, to live a lifestyle inflated by victims of the same treadmill, to purchase things that I don't need to impress people that I hardly like, to conform to the rigid rules of an emotionless organisation that wouldn't think twice to replace me however and whenever it deems fit...
It's funny how I see it so clearly now. The image of freedom is vivid and it's all that I want - being able to pursue my passions without having to worry about the financial means to make it possible.
Of course, I'm not just ranting. I'm actually working towards it. This is my plan (The Bucket System).
And it seems to be doing fine, so far.
It took me such a long time to gain this sense of clarity, but I guess its true that...
"Only when you see your shackles do you see your dreams".