Conquering the pyramid step by step
One moment I want to run to Bangkok, catch a train up to Chiang Mai. But then I remember. Back then I wasn’t the same. Just waiting for the days to go by. Missing the woods. Wishing I would be biking for hours, climbing up the highest mountains and swimming in hidden lakes. There is no day going by when an image of a house at the lake doesn’t enter my mind. Endless hours spent in front of a screen just wishing to be there. Instead of doing something. Anything meaningful really.
At least I had enough self-control to do mistakes, spend money on useless stuff or party on the weekends. But in hindsight I may have slept four summers and winters with open eyes. Being so clever didn’t help me grabbing just an idea out of the hat and trying it out. Nonetheless there were a dozen tracks I ran down, turned over every single stone only to find that I lost my way and there was no chance to find what I was looking for. Fulfillment. A human’s life goal.
Right up there in the pyramid of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Can you dance on the top all the time? Growing up lucky enough to not worry about 80% of the pyramid, leaves on leaning on the edge right there to want more. Without a doubt it is a very privileged problem to have. But I guess it is one that more young adults struggle everyday.
A solution to it? Well if I had one I would probably not be sitting here, right? But there is a couple of things I learned and maybe just one will relate to you.
1. I love work. As simple as that. In my opinion one needs to work. On something. But here comes the catch.
2. I switched jobs a lot ending up with a three-pages long CV when only being 22. None caused by a bad recommendation by employers. It was just not work anymore to do what I did. There was no challenge left to be conquered so I walked away. Not sure yet if it was clever or short-sighted.
3. I saved money. Like a lot. Only twice in my life did I order take-away, being confused about the process each time, that is another story though. Each time I was just sick and I had no food or energy left.
Savings. They just give you freedom. It is simple. But it is true.
4. All the times I had an image in my head, I feared traveling alone for example, it was better than I could have known before.
5. Experiences. Good ones or bad ones. I am grateful for them all. Each taught me something.
What did you learn, what can you share? Let me know.
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