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Today was a perfect day.
Since the beginning of the year, I took on a part-time job and some freelance work in addition to the full-time 9-5.
It’s been a busy first half of 2019.
I have goals that I want to accomplish – goals for 2019 and longer term ones as well. Some are about me and a few go beyond myself.
The additional income does help push me closer to my future life that I can clearly see. It’s so close I can almost taste, feel, and see it.
The trajectory that I’m on makes it incredibly tempting to work more and more. After all, it’s for all the right reasons.
But a few days ago, I realized I wasn’t feeling like my normal self. My energy levels dropped and a constant headache followed me for a few days.
This was a clear sign that I need to take a step back. I had been working 7 days per week, essentially since January 1.
It was unsustainable.
I decided that I will no longer work on Sundays. I will bust my ass as much as it takes during the week, but I will stop Saturday evening.
This journey to financial independence is a marathon, not a sprint. One day without working is a small price to pay if that means actually arriving at the finish line.
Hard work is important, but we’re on this planet for a small period of time – 70-90 years if we’re lucky.
It’s okay to spend many of those moments working, but is a life full of work really a life?
I can have all the goals I want, but there is one goal all humans share. We all have an expiration date.
When that inevitable day arrives, the screen fades to fucking black and then it’s over.
No more moments to experience – no memories to remember – just nothingness.
Life is a collection of moments. Use some of them to earn a living so you can use the remainder to live a life.
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Ed Escoto is a dad to two cool kids! Other than his kids, his passions revolve around creating things and adding life to his years.
He is an Analyst, writer, self-proclaimed minimalist, and the author of seven books in multiple genres. Several of his books became Amazon #1 Best Sellers and #1 New Releases. His most recent book was My First Spanish Numbers Colors Shapes – the fifth book in his children’s book series [DH Books].
Divorced Before 30 was his debut into writing. He shares his story about overcoming the challenges of divorce, moving forward, and becoming a better version of himself. He shares everything: the ups, the downs, and every OH SHIT moment in between.
His life was planned out and then life happened! Married and divorced before his 30th birthday, started several businesses, but most failed, and a career that once focused entirely on numbers is now a combination of numbers, words, and art.