A while ago, I’ve realized that I now care much more about life design than I did in the past. That wasn’t even a thing for me in the past.
When I was 20-30, I cared most about my family, learning, and working on interesting projects. I also focused on enjoying my free time as much as I could. I was satisfied with the constraints of my life. I accepted those without ever questioning those, and didn’t even notice that a big part of my life revolved around work and was impacted by it. The schedule I was imposed, where I had to go to work, the commute every day, what projects I could work on, when I could take vacation, who I got to work with, how I had to organize my projects and my work, etc. There were countless imposed constraints.
Now I pay much more attention to the landscape of my life, and I want to carefully design my life. I don’t want long commutes anymore. I don’t want to have a boss anymore. I want more responsibility, more control, and more freedom. I’m not interested in the 9 to 5 at all. I prefer to organize my schedule. That’s a very different perspective, and it has a huge impact on my future plans.
For instance, my position as an employee is definitely a great safety net, but it’s not part of my long-term plans. It’s actually a constraint that I want to remove in my life and a big reason why I’m building alternative sources of income.
It’s also clear to me that consulting is not a long-term goal either. It’s just a short-term necessity. Freelancing does give me much more freedom, but depending on the clients I still get imposed so many constraints that I’m not interested in.
This highlights a clear fact: plans for the future need to be reviewed regularly because we change all the time.