Do you feel like you have to put up with the following?
1) Tedious bumper-to-bumper commutes
2) “Mandatory” office meetings that make you want to poke your eyes out
3) Passive aggressive or straight-up-abusive people at work
4) Living in fear of a massive layoff at work
5) Wondering where all your money went at the end of the month
6) Being unhappy with life
7) Feeling like you HAVE to keep sprinting away in the rat race because you have to maintain your current lifestyle.
Well, then I know exactly how you feel. I felt trapped on the corporate hamster wheel for years and, even worse, I felt helpless to do anything about it.
You can choose!
I felt that way until I decided that I had to do whatever it took to make sure that the number one commodity that I would seek in life was the ability to choose. I needed to wake up to the fact that I had options. Not stock options. ACTUAL options, as in having the ability to make life-enhancing choices.
Hardly a revolutionary idea but definitely a shot of adrenaline when I actually started pursuing it.
San Francisco Beginnings
This is how it all started: On a cold, fall night, on a visit to San Francisco, I locked myself into a bathroom stall and decided that enough was enough. This was it. For years I had dreamed of having the guts to do one thing: claim my right to options. And that night I decided that I needed to do what I had wanted to do for years: travel the world and volunteer, not as a short term trip but as a lifestyle.
“We need to do this!”
Within days I told Jammie of my decision. I still remember where I broke the news: in her workplace parking lot during her lunch break. “We need to do this! We’ve talked about it forever. Let’s quit our jobs, travel the world and do service projects.”. It didn’t even take her a minute: “I’m in.”
It’s impossible to exaggerate how much happier and fulfilled we now feel. Now we wonder what took us so long. Why did we wait so many years to choose differently?
Jammie and I dedicate CultureMutt to talking about how we can all live better lives by claiming our right to options in life. To claiming our right to serving those around us by doing what we are best at doing. Join us in that quest. Thank you for being part of the CultureMutt community!