Freedom is at the root of everything I write about on this blog.
I write about minimalism because it eliminates your dependents on stuff and your fascination for it.
I write about financial freedom because… Well, you can probably guess why.
The minimal and frugal way of life are both nice, because they increase the amount of free time you got. Once you’ve eliminated the worst expenses from your monthly budget, and thereby don’t have to work as much, what are you supposed to do with that time? I would suggest something that could increase your sense of freedom even further.
But let’s first define what freedom exactly is. In my view, it’s about being able to take one’s own needs, without the help from anybody else.
Freedom is taking care of yourself.
So, if you can manage to take care of your most basic needs, all by yourself, you are by my standards free to go about your life and care very little about the rest of the world.
And your most basic needs should be obvious: food and shelter.
Increasing your skills in the domains of acquiring food and shelter, are both very attainable and scalable to your level of ambitiousness:
You can learn how to bake bread with a sourdough starter or go to the end degree and produce your own flour.
Or you can learn how to do basic maintenance around the house, or actually build it from scratch.
That’s all up to you.
The point is, I think most people who feel trapped by life, can experience a higher sense of freedom by improving upon these two basic human skills.