I’ve decided to sell time.
It’s the only thing that people seem to need more of.
Time for sale!!
Zero down payments, and zero monthly payments.. ever.
Side effects include: happiness, personal growth, adventure, hobbies, friends, social acceptance, and opportunities to find love.
So… Now that I’ve sold you a bit of free time, how successful and happy are you? Do you love your lifestyle, or envy someone elses?
Unfortunately people have been programmed to think that the next gadget represents a “lifestyle”, that a new vehicle is the key to adventure – your current car just slogs you back and forth from your crappy job, but if you get this other more new and fancy car, it will propel you to road trips and classy events. This product will increase your attractiveness because you have no confidence and you are lonely regardless whether you are in a relationship or not.
Significant others are as disposable as your seasonal wardrobe, but that’s not why you feel empty and miserable working 60 – 80 hours a weeks paying for the gadgets and car and takeaway crappy tasteless meals for your current s/o , while posting motivational posters on social media to make you feel better about your ever more hollow and uninteresting life.
The above is what we label as middle class “success”. And none of it — with the exception of your spouse… if you are lucky, makes you feel successful.
If you aren’t happy, or fulfilled, you haven’t experienced success.
But some aspects of success were outlined above, and you may not have even noticed them.
You may grumble to yourself during the summer months, looking at the hippies transitioning through your city, and think to yourself, “Effing stinky, lazy hippies…” and you wonder how many drugs they did to seem so happy all the time. I can tell you right now, that drugs have little to do with it.. psychedelics help, but aren’t necessary.
What they have is time. They have more time in a day than you have in a week, and adventure could be as simple as a tea in the park or hacky sack (which is great for fitness and flexibility BTW) with random strangers, or as “out there” as sticking out a thumb and seeing where they end up. They are rich in connections, and are free. You really despise them because they somehow survive, and are really healthy, and have time to be, time to do, and time to share.
Why are they happy and you aren’t? You have the gadgets and the house and all the things you were told you needed to be successful…. You aren’t happy because you don’t have the time to enjoy it… because you have to work so damn hard to pay for the lifestyle that sits at home and collects dust, and don’t have the healthy emotional and intellectual connections to share it with because you don’t have time for that random conversation while drinking your fav bevvy, while rushing off to the next very important thing with people you have nothing in common with.
I just had most of the week off, and well, honestly I could use another month. If I could get paid to do random stuff, I would be doing it tomorrow. Providing I had time at the end of the day to laugh about the strange things that happened, and maybe get my laundry and dishes done.
Maybe what need need to do to make change is immediately take our time back. No more overtime without pay. No more sitting looking at stupid things that have ads that make people rich, no more shopping therapy. Take that time to take care of that person sitting reading this article, you that person that’s feeling guilty that they are doing it on company time…
Your time is more important than theirs. You looking at social media and reddit and blogs is your little rebellion… Just ask your loved ones what is important. Would your kids rather the shiny toy… or time with you, out playing and adventuring through the forest making mud pies and looking for sasquatch. Your spouse (providing you are in a healthy relationship) would agree that they would rather have nights where you come home and aren’t grumpy, and want to watch some cheesy movie and tickle and play or whatever it is you do to get the mojo working.
Happiness is letting yourself be you, and if you are happy, and your needs are covered with hopefully a little gravy,(meaning exploring interests and hobbies and personal growth) then you are more successful than most of the North American population.
You can be that Hippy without the patchouli, all you need is to take control of your time, because it’s yours and worth more than you realize.