Before I left for India, I was in a cushy job which paid very well. I was lucky to have this sort of financial security behind me and I will always be grateful for the many lessons learned whilst working as a corporate employee. Some good lessons, some not so good, but regardless they were lessons which have helped to shape who I am and where I am today. Over the years, since graduating, I was of the naive belief a secure job (somewhat - government is fickle) would bring joy to my life. It would allow me all sorts of freedoms which, if I were in another situation (say an unemployed entrepreneur), I wouldn’t have. Unfortunately, those beliefs turned out to be very naive after all. You see, the salary was increasing but as it would increase I would find my happiness would equally plummet. Increased salaries often bring with them increased responsibilities. Translation - no life. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with increased responsibilities, but when it’s in a role doing work which is completely uninspiring, one has to look at their life and ask the question “is it worth it?”
It took years for me to have the courage to actually ask this question and then actually act upon it. Years! But I will never feel regretful for not having left this unfulfilling lifestyle sooner, for I may not have been ready for the place I’m in now. It’s through those experiences that I can now truly appreciate the path I’m creating for myself. This path, yoga, is not in my life as a financial security, for if it were, I would be in trouble! Yoga is in my life as it brings me joy. It connects me to myself in a way nothing else ever has. Maybe people can relate to this, and maybe people can’t, but it’s certainly something I want to be completely open and honest to the world about. I hope to inspire others to act upon those desires which bring them joy and offers this same inward connection to self as what yoga brings for me. It doesn’t necessarily need to be yoga. It could be music, art, reading, walking. It could be anything. My point is that money will not necessarily offer this same connection to self. Yes, money is great and I would be lying if I said I don’t want more of it to make life a little more comfortable. But is it everything? No. This is also not to say people who earn alot of money cannot find this same connection. Absolutely not. It’s purely about taking time to stop and find what it is in your life that actually centers you. Chasing money in the hope it will bring happiness is quite possibly the silliest thing I’ve ever done, for there is no amount of cash in the world which can buy my happiness. I had to find this on my own, as does everyone else.
To be clear, I’m not recommending people who hate their jobs suddenly quit in pursuit of happiness. Not at all. This could lead to all sort of problems for you. I’m only hoping people can see, through my journey, that money isn’t everything. That in taking the time to stop and truly listen to what makes our heart sing, such happiness can be found. Possibly only for a moment, because nothing is ever constant, but at the very least you have that moment of pure bliss. And that is priceless.