You wake to routines that numb you.
You stumble to the kitchen for your morning hit of sugary-something.
You smile with your mouth at the kids as they walk blinking to the table, your eyes blank.
You dress for work, slack-faced to the mirror, preparing again to offer yourself in daily sacrifice upon the altar.
A word that no longer sparks anything in you.
You *know* that choices are the key to creating a better life.
But when it comes to actually pulling the trigger… to actually making game-changing choices… there are so many compelling reasons why you in fact “can not.”
“I can’t move to a different state because all our friends and family are here.”
“I can’t work from home because my company has a strict no-telecommuting policy.”
“I can’t start a business because I’m in debt and don’t have the capital.”
In short, you come to believe that choice is an illusion…
…that the “freedom to choose” the life you want is a theoretically plausibility but a practical impossibility.
Let me say this:
If you do not learn to make hard choices…
If you do not learn to claim this freedom upon which all other freedoms depend… then you will live, for all “practical” purposes, a slave.
A well-fed, well-educated slave, but a slave no less.
For freedom is not granted.
Freedom is not self-unfolding.
You have to CLAIM IT.
You may have the matches and the paper and the wood, but if you do not have the will to put them together and make a fire… you will go on shivering in the dark.
No one will take the choices inherent in your day, bundle them up, and create a life of freedom, power, and joy for you.
No one will make the fire for you.
You must find a way to do it for and by yourself.
Begin by finding the choice in everything:
When you wake up: that is a choice.
The house (or cabin, or RV, or castle, or VW) you live in: that is a choice.
What you say, and how you say it to you wife and kids upon waking: that is a choice.
What you eat, whether it be pre-packaged shit-food or the real thing: that is a choice.
What projects you put your precious time and heart into: that is a choice.
Choice: it is the oxygen your better life feeds on, and it is everywhere.
Have the eyes to wake each morning to a thousand choices…
A thousand keys to the free life you want.
All you need is the courage to choose, and the will to to fit the key to the lock.