According to Maslow and what is generally agreed in psychology, love and belonging are core drivers in human nature. Our need to feel appreciated, accepted and loved is so powerful that it can affect how we connect with others and our surroundings. This need is a beautiful yet fragile thing. The role of vulnerability is essential on your freedom seeking journey. Without fully connecting with the world authentically, we are left with a feeling of emptiness, loneliness, and imprisonment. Where is the freedom in that?
I think we have all been there… whether that is from traveling with a buddy, a romantic relationship, a friendship or a business partner. Or at least I have anyway. I have seen or had so many different relationships in my life that have been both amazing and a bit volatile. Over the years, I have done my bit to try and learn from volatile relationships and do my best to avoid them.
We are all freedom seekers. But what is freedom? Some people might choose a qualified freedom or others, an unrestricted one. Are you still free if it’s the former? Is it really freedom if it’s the latter? If we were all completely free, none of us would be; my freedom to enjoy a quiet park afternoon would be restricted by the freedom of my neighbour to play grime at full volume. John Stuart Mill, one of the fathers of liberalism, argued that one man’s freedom to swing his arms ended at another man’s nose. But intuitively, we think freedom has to mean exactly that, unfettered, unrestricted, absolute freedom; it feels like almost an oxymoron to say ‘restricted freedom.’
Hey! I'm Ami and I'm currently on Passions that Profit as part of the Zero-to-Freedom course. Working with Dina on Passions that Profit has been inspiring. It has given me direction and structure to move forward with what I really want and care about. I started with a totally different business plan and midway through, I altered my business idea to align to my values and lifestyle.
I just had a revelation today thanks to a wonderful client of mine. Our chat gave me more clarity in what I try and represent in my coaching and my logo, and essentially is my existential outlook on life. :)It's a concept that I hold dearly because it is a constant battle in life. It comes from the subjective and relative notions of "most" and "enough".
Before I met Dina I was in a state of flux, panic, despair…confused! I was stuck and had no idea how to start moving forward again. The big plans that I'd had for my life (ha!) had fallen through a couple of months previously and I was back in London working all week at a job that gave me very little fulfilment.
"Every morning we jump out of bed to a brand new vista and a new place. The freedom to do what we want, when we want and where we want. Letting go of the 9-5 routine is liberating yeah, but it isn't an easy decision especially when you have a well-paid job and the rewards...uncertainty and zero income. Here's our story...