157. Count the Days Down

The moment I saw the following TGIM (Thank God It's Monday) called Personal Freedom, I haven't been able to stop playing it. I think I've seen it twice a day since the first I saw it because it moved me so much.

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If you haven't seen the video, Thomas is speaking to a young audience about the importance of personal freedom. He mentions the book The Motivation Manifesto (a book that I'm definitely going to read after I finish How to Win Friends and Influence People). In the book, there's a part that says: 

Humankind’s main motivation is to seek and experience Personal Freedom.
— 'The Motivation Manifesto' by Brendon Burchard

I haven't been able to shake this saying. That's all I've ever wanted in life. I can remember being a young 8, 9, 10 year old and being awakened by my mother for school. I remember saying out loud, "When I grow up, I'm going to work for myself so I can wake up and do what I want." Although I liked school, I still felt like I could be doing other things with my time. 

I also remember one time when I went to the Houston Zoo in elementary school. If you know anything about the Houston Zoo, you'll know that it's located within Hermann Park. This large park is located by the medical center, museums, and Rice University. 

I remember when the bus was circling the park looking for a parking space. I didn't even talk to my friend next to me. I was too busy looking out the window. I started seeing all these people DURING THE DAY running in the park with their Walkmans (yes, it was the 90s), walking across the street to visit the museums, or playing with their children.I couldn't help but think: What do these people do to have all this free time during the day? How can I be like those people?

I already knew at a young age that I didn't want to be stuck having someone to tell me what to do. I already knew that I didn't like the feeling. I already knew from watching adults that being a part of a "regular job" was limiting. I wouldn't be able to go where i wanted, do what I wanted when I wanted.

I have always desired to have my freedom.

That's why when I saw this video, I had to replay it several times. I had to tap into those childhood dreams and emotions to give me the extra fuel to fight for my freedom. I also needed to write his words into my spirit to move me each day.

There's a part in the Personal Freedom video where ET recounts a story. His daughter was having an awards ceremony during the day and his boss told him he couldn't go. He said when his job told a grown man that he couldn't go celebrate his own daughter's achievements he said at that point he declared:

"Count the days down! I'm out!"

This part right here spoke to me in more ways than one. When you know your talents are underutilized, when you feel like you should be doing more with your time and in your day, or when people do everything in their power to try to stop you, you must make a declaration. You must decide for yourself that you're going to count the days down. That you're going to take a step forward to take control of your life, your destiny. 

Ya'll, I have been so serious about this personal freedom journey and listening to ET for inspiration that I even wrote "Count the Days Down" on my computer monitor at work.

Although I am grateful for where I am and I do enjoy my job and seeing young people grow and progress, I know I'm limited. I know that I don't belong. I know I don't fit. I've never fit in anywhere.

I have to make a life for me. I must go for my personal freedom. The countdown has started.