In life, we all have a fundamental choice between freedom and security. We were raised to follow the so-called American dream of getting good grades, go to college, get a secure job, have 2.5 kids, buy a house with a white picket fence, take a week-long vacation each year and retire at the age of 65. For some, that's a perfect way of living life, but for others, it requires a better path.
Freedom doesn't necessarily mean to up and leave your job. It means you owe it to yourself to find something that fills your heart and soul with a purpose and, more than that, something that is greater than yourself. More than likely, you won't find that sitting in cube land doing work that doesn't serve you or your purpose.
Safety is a much easier path, but your freedom is significantly limited. Someone is controlling your day and your life. We think we have some autonomy in our day, but you don't when you have that feeling of guilt when you have to go to an appointment during work hours or you have anxiety when you are running late? Safety gets you a consistent paycheck every week, but you are limited on how much you are truly worth. Our ideas are not supported and our appreciation and value are not recognized. There is the thought of no control of job security and you are just a number on a financial report.
Freedom allows you to make your decisions on how you live your life, live your life's mission through a purpose, and reach incredible heights that you wouldn't otherwise achieve. You control your success, how you handle failures and will continue to grow, and allow creativity to be released and embraced. Freedom also allows you to have no regrets about how you are living your life. It allows you to pivot, adjust, and shift to make things work. It's not always easy and often is a road less travelled, however, you will sleep better at night knowing you are fulfilling your purpose.
If you need help finding your purpose and chasing your lion into a snowy den on a dark night, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to have a conversation to see if I can help you.