Since writing my first blog post about popular culture, money and its blinding effect on the search for happiness. I have quit my 9-to-5 job in London, sold most of my possessions and set up an online business from the beaches of Portugal. My living costs have halved and my working hours have halved, I’m enjoying the freedom of a perpetual working-holiday.
I am the master of my own destiny, without the pressures of the rat race and the empty promise of “good career progression and development opportunities”.
I’m choosing to chase happiness, instead of money.
From the figure on our bank balance, to the amount of followers we have on social media. It has become the norm to base our happiness around our egos, monetary gain or the attainment of titles and things.
Money can present us with opportunities to be happy but sometimes our priorities are led astray by appropriated desires and distractions from our hyper-advertised-reality.
Forget about wanting more because by wanting more, you get less. Working longer hours to attain stuff you don’t necessarily need and you won’t have the time to enjoy.
Our generation of 20-somethings is squandering our happiness in the name of consumerism, we need to expand beyond our materialistic comforts and seek new adventures. We need to stop wasting our hard earned cash and invest it into bettering our lives.
We are encouraged not to take risks, but instead to strive for the safest option available to us. With the cautionary tales of homelessness and despair, we are guided towards a reliable and ‘secure’ future, outlined by the elders of society who have wrapped us in a reassuring shelter from the risks and perils of stepping outside the overbearing arms of Western civilisation.
“you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
We need to listen less to the authoritative figures in our lives who warn us into safety. Or to the mass media which tells us what to aspire to, what to be afraid of and what to desire, because all they are doing is inadvertently telling us to give up our true identities. They are turning us into statistics, amongst the millions of other humans who have given up their humanity for a life of 9–5 desk jobs, expensive nothings and weekend thrills.