Yesterday I sold a shotgun and bought a bicycle which is a good progression for me I think.I hunted because hunting was fun but also because I wasn't quite sure what else to do. It was probably number 10 on my list of things I enjoyed doing but numbers one through nine were all blank. So I sold the gun.
I've sold a lot of old crap that I don't want anymore and have invested it in things that I do want. Now I've got a camera and a bike.
So here's what I do now:
Wake up between 8:00 and 8:30am. Hang around the house, play with my kiddo, talk about the day with my wife, and head out. I drive to a local coffee shop with free wi-fi (now I will ride my bike) and open my computer. I connect to the internet, goof around a bit on stupid waste-of-time things like Facebook and blogs and stuff, open up iTunes or Pandora, plug in my headphones, and then pull up my most recent photos and get to work.
I usually sit there (I am here right now) and pick, edit, and save photos for a long time (3 or 4 hours), then I update my website, and do some upkeep on my business stuff (Quickbooks, emails, calendar updates, etc.). Then shut it down and go home somewhere between 1:30 and 2:30pm. When I get home, I hang with the wife, play with the munchkin, and enjoy the afternoon. We usually take a walk or something, or maybe run a few errands around town.
In the evening, we eat dinner at the house, or sometimes meet friends at a local restaurant, and then put the baby to bed and plop down on the couch to watch a Netflix movie or something. We are asleep by 10:30 or 11:00pm.
Then I wake up and do it all again the next day.
The reason I say all this is not to brag about my awesome life but to encourage all of you that THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. You can do what you want, everyday, all the time.
You may think that you need $50,000 or $60,000 a year (I certainly did) but I am here to tell you that YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT.
A study was done about target income and thousands of people were interviewed, young and old, super rich and super poor, and over 90% of people surveyed said that if they could make just 20% to 25% more money each year, they would finally be able to rest easy knowing they had all that they needed. This is not really surprising, but remember that this includes people who make over a million dollars a year.
The point is that money is totally relative to your situation. It makes no difference how much money you make, you will never be satisfied with it. End of story.
The conclusion: do what you want and be happy with what you've got.
I certainly am. I am going to be lucky if I make $20,000 this year and I have never been happier or more satisfied in my entire life.