I believe what we all intuitively desire is more power in our lives — the power to live our lives the way we desire, the power to control the hours of our day, the power to say “yes” and “no” to the requests of others, and to have the faith and self-confidence for us to pursue our own interests, and the power to make these dreams into a reality! #zenoferic
First of all, I think the first prerequisite to living the best possible life is self-ownership. This means, not having a boss and being your own boss.
Now, you can do this by starting your own business or being an entrepreneur. And also note that just because you own your own business, you can still be a slave to your business — especially if you run a big corporation and you have to constantly meet with investors, the board, and other stockholders or stakeholders.
But, put simply — I think we all desire to have autonomy, and the freedom to live life according to our own standards. We wish to have the free time, and the mental power to pursue our own interests.
Secondly, I think we desire to have the power to make our dreams into a reality. Often, we think that we lack money, people resources, or the knowledge to erect our dreams into reality. But recognize — often your lack of resources is what causes you innovate more.
And just ask yourself:
> What if you already have more than enough to make your dreams into a reality?
Third, I think we desire to have the physical and mental power to create more art, and do more!
Honestly, our 40-60 hour work weeks Have us exhausted all the time. I don’t think humans are lazy, we’re just constantly overworked and over stressed in modern society. The fact that we now have work email installed on our phones and what’s app (we can be contacted by our boss anytime of the day) doesn’t help.
After a grueling day of toilsome and stressful work, we just want to sedate ourselves. We sedate ourselves with drugs (weed), alcohol, sleeping pills, video games, Netflix, movies, etc to help us relax, calm down, and fall asleep — until we wake up the next day to begin the whole horrible cycle again.
So to be honest, if you have an office, tech job, or a service industry job (or any toilsome job), the system and capitalist-consumerist structures are against you. I don’t really think it’s anybody’s fault — it’s just a combination of increasing globalization, the advance in smartphone and computer-internet technology, and the reliance of monetization of the Internet with advertising.
So I don’t think it’s our duty to try to destroy the system and somehow overthrow it. My suggestion is to understand the game, and figure out fun and innovative ways in which we can thrive within the system.
- Experiment uninstalling work email and What’s app from your phone. There’s no rule that prohibits you from doing so.
- Experiment not answering work email after 6-7pm. Better yet, when you get home, turn off your phone completely. Use your evenings to sketch, draw, meditate, write, or create any artistic projects you’re passionate about.
- Everyday, uninstall one app from your phone. It’s a fun exercise to help you be less distracted (scattering of attention and focus).
- Ask yourself —all the time I spend watching Netflix, movies, and play video games — what if I used that time to make stuff and make art?
- What if you deleted your Instagram and built your own website and blog instead. What if you devoted the same amount of work, effort into your own platform, instead of the platform of Facebook?