It’s not just about freedom. It’s about LIFE.
I have been location independent for almost 20 years now. I’ve seen the benefits. I have seen the challenges. I’ve loved it. And, at times, I’ve rejected it. I see the opportunities of living a location independent lifestyle. But also the dangers. I question where my parallel life would have led me had I gone down a more ‘traditional’ path.
I love the flexibility of the location independence lifestyle. I love its fluid nature.
But it can often be at the sacrifice of stability and security. For much of my life I rejected routine – yet, at times, I yearn for it.
I question if location independence equates to freedom. Or even if it gives you increased freedom? By opening up the doors you are confronted by endless opportunities. Yet it is a paradox of choice – too many alternatives can cause inaction. There is a degree of tranquility and comfort that comes within the confines of structure.
The latitude of location independence, combined with the passion of entrepreneurship, can be a dangerous cocktail. Blurring the lines between work and life can be a blessing – as we have a greater potential to be the architects of our own lives. But it can also be a curse. Richard Branson’s famous quote can be reworded as:
“I don’t see work as work, and life as life…to me, it’s all just
Location independence is not a panacea for feeling unfulfilled. It does not guarantee happiness. We need to be open about the downsides of location independence, rather than sugarcoat it. I feel as though there is a tendency towards some sort of ‘superiority complex’ by those who have ‘broken free from the cubicle chains’. Aside from being an arrogant attitude, its simply unfounded. Some of the happiest people I know lead some of the most traditional lives imaginable.
Although I am extremely grateful to have lived a location independent lifestyle I do believe that, if I had understood it better, I could have further taken advantage of the opportunities that were presented. And I could have reduced damage from some of its dangerous pitfalls. Scarcely would I meet another Location Independent person when I began my own journey.
Nowadays, there is a lot of us – and the number is growing rapidly. Imagine, all of us united…in a magical location…so that we can share our experiences, learn from each other, and be inspired.