When you’re young and stupid, it’s tempting to be free.
Roam the world, liberated from the shackles of obligations, commitments, and ‘security.’
But here’s the thing.
After living like this for a while, there inevitably comes the point when you start feeling worried for no apparent reason. And then it gets worse.
You’ll start indulging in self-destructive behavior. You’ll think you need to get away from it all. You’ll call it your existential crisis.
(I once heard somebody call it half-jokingly a ‘quarter-life crisis.’)
What it is, in reality, is just a high level of uncertainty.
The world is full of chaos. Look at Donald Trump, COVID-19, U.S. riots, global warming, Bitcoin spikes… As the world accelerates and becomes increasingly complex, the chaos will only increase. (The second law of thermodynamics.)
While freedom may lure with its sexy Instagram Stories, true fulfillment, and tranquility — which is what we ultimately seek — lies in making our lives certain.
As human beings, our job is to make less chaos, not more, by organizing our lives and our work.
When you’re young, all you have is uncertainty. You don’t need more motivation. You can make yourself more fulfilled and calm by decreasing one uncertainty at a time…By having commitments. By renting apartments. By taking on jobs.
In other words, by having less freedom. And more meaning.
By all means, coast for a while. There are many lessons you learn from coasting, being free, living on a whim.
For example, this one: such life is completely pointless…