Writings on the Wall

Madeline Wright

"If you want your future to be different, you've got to make some changes in your present."

I would like to share a link containing the above quote. It's all about financial independence. I just read it again today for the first time in a while. It's still as good and relevant as when I first read it. It doesn't matter what I do or don't do, or try to do but fail, so much as it does to realize my full potential and show the world who I am. To do that, first, this is what I want to become as I "grow up." I don't really want to be the richest person in the world. But I do want to be wealthy. Have you ever thought about the difference between being rich and being wealthy? Think about it for a moment. Wealth isn't just about money. It's about happiness, success, and generosity and a few other things for which you can't set an actual monetary value.

To me, that quote says that life's too short...

To eat bad food. To waste my life languishing in some chemically induced haze. To waste time doing nothing productive. To be unsatisfied with where I am in life. To be unhappy. To not learn something new every day. To be ungrateful. To feel like I have to constantly justify my actions to people who don't make any effort to understand where I'm coming from. To put off making simple decisions. To procrastinate when making complex decisions. To worry. To be satisfied with where I am in life for too long. To not be considerate of others. To spend my valuable time cultivating one-sided relationships/ friendships. To never travel. To never travel to visit my true friends, with the reasoning that since they chose to move away then they should be the ones to travel back to me. To not think about the future. To not plan for the future. To not care about the future of others. To not live for the future. To not realize that I am also living in the present. To be a n00b at an easily learnable skill or talent for too long. To ignore red flags and to not call people out for setting off this internal warning. To bear pain and hurt alone because there is always someone who will help if simply asked. To give up after a failure. To not even try.

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