This is a conversation I had with myself as I introspected after I quit my first job in accounting. It was one of many different conversations. But it was one with my lustful relationship for money.
Conversation with myself as A & B:
A: Why do you work?
B: To make money.
A: Why do you make money?
B: To have financial freedom.
A: Why do you want financial freedom?
B: To spend more time with family, friends, invest in my health and do what I'm passionate in.
A: So you are spending time to earn more money to have time later to do what you want?
A: So you are working to buy time?
B: Yes, essentially.
A: You're working to buy the one thing you and every other person in the world was given since birth?
A: Why can't you spend time with family and friends now?
B: Because I need to make money so I can freely spend time with them later.
A: What if your parents die before you make enough? Did you calculate your enough? Will your mom's 40th birthday be the same as her 70th? Will your daughter's 5th birthday be the same as her 17th? Will your daughter even want to spend time with you when she is 28 and you're ready to spend time with her?
B: I don't know.
A: Of course you don't know. You think it'll be easier to lose fat or gain muscle when you are 50 instead of 30?
A: So are you hoping to reverse aging in your 40s or 60s?
A: Do you think time at 50 will the same as time at 20?
A: Then why are you spending time to buy time when you aren't even loving it? What is the time even for?
Sometimes you just have to really talk to yourself. I do it through my journal. Just writing out responses like above. Maybe you’re more of a “talk to yourself in front of a mirror person”, try that. Though I’d recommend a journal cause you can look back at it. Have fun.
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