I used to think that I wanted to create a portable business so that I could work around my health issues, and also have the flexibility to travel and explore as much as I’d like. I thought it would give me more time to spend with family (when I wanted to – or if they needed my help), but now I’m not quite so sure.
This week I’m playing along with the lovely Natalie Sisson during her 10 Day Blog Challenge (aff).
…write down a reason why you want to live the freedom lifestyle. ~ Natalie Sisson
Natalie has challenged us to keep these posts short (200–300 words), and although I know other participants will go all out and write super long posts (I want to as well), I’m going to try to play within the rules of the challenge…
Why I need a freedom lifestyle?
For me, it’s not always enough to “want” something. Instead, feeling as though I “need” keeps me going, even when I don’t have the physical or mental capacity to push through.
I’ve written about this many times on my blog over the past years – and the deep roots of my “why” are from childhood experiences that I couldn’t fully understand, or control. I watched creative (artist) family members fall apart with mental illness and addiction, letting their art shrivel up and die with them. I saw their lives end, long before they reached old age.
And none of it made sense to me, as a little kid, or even now. In our current society each and every person is responsible for themselves (we all need to ‘earn our keep’, so to speak), but it wasn’t always this way. Historically, we haven’t always been expected to leave our parents, buy / build / rent a house, spend more than we earn to furnish it, and raise a family by paying someone else to care for our children, and come home to squeeze in a tiny bit of fun and maybe potentially be creative.
In fact, creative people were often treated like guests or even family, while living in other peoples homes for years (not starving artists, barely able to pay this months rent in a shared apartment). They weren’t expected to do marketing, accounting, distribution – along with keeping up a household.
I want to live in that world – a world where we don’t all have to wear hundreds of hats, but instead the workload is shared & the creatives are given a place to flourish.
I want to live in a world where people like me, who may not be a typical creative (I’m not a sculptor, novelist, poet, filmmaker “artist”), can feel fully sustained and supported. Not feel guilty that there are dishes piling up in the sink, and laundry to be done. Not guilty about the unsorted bookkeeping receipts, or missed marketing opportunity.
In some small way I’ve been working towards that “utopia” by helping people spend less time on those “tasks” but it’s not quite enough…. I have more work to do.
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2