The word I chose is Freedom
What is freedom? There are several definitions of the word as listed in the Oxford Dictionary but I am going to focus on freedom of choice.
Many of us spend years working in jobs that offer us no intellectual or emotional satisfaction but which are financially rewarding and safe. Nothing wrong with that.
Many of us spend a great deal of our working lives wishing we didn’t have to go to work every day or that we were doing something else. Many people dread going to work, complain about it all the time and feel they are wasting their life away.
In the past I told colleagues, who constantly complained about their jobs, that we all have choices. They rejected my statement saying that they had mortgages to pay. Well, that is a choice – they are choosing to work a job they don’t like in order to live with comfort. They could choose to do a job that wouldn’t pay as much but would give them more satisfaction. I accept that to exercise their freedom of choice they would have to find another job. But if we remain where we are, we are freely choosing to do that every day even if it does not appear to be a choice.
I too recognize that my job does not give me the satisfaction that I would like to have but I am grateful for what I have. I know that it is my choice to remain – I choose the safe and comfortable job over uncertainty and lack of money.