What’s Trapping You?

My biggest personal aspiration in life is to reach a state of maximal freedom. I want to be able to spend my time according to my preferences and want to be able to select the projects and the work that I do.

Most of what I write about on this blog is geared towards reaching this specific goal;

  • I write about minimalism, and how to have very few physical attachments.
  • I write about productivity, which is meant to create more time for me and the reader.
  • I write about health optimization, which enables one to utilize one’s freedom.

It is important to note, that not everyone wants to achieve the ultimate life of freedom. But I also don’t think that anybody wants to be maximally trapped in life. The moderates out there may, therefore, pick and choose from my writing as needed.


So I have spent a lot of time, thinking about what might prevent someone from living The Free Life in today’s world. And I have basically narrowed it down to the following 4 categories:

  • Emotion
  • Ability
  • External environment
  • Health

All shortly explained with examples here:


Maybe, you want to take an arts major in college but are afraid of what others might think of that particular idea. You feel fear or anxiety, which limits your freedom.

In terms of freedom-blocking emotions, fear is the most common one.



Sometimes there is some thing you want to do but simply don’t k know how to.

Stupid example: you want to go to another country, but you don’t know how to order the airplane ticket on the internet.

This might be the easiest of the four categories to handle, as it only requires a little self-education.


External Environment

External factors are all the things outside of yourself, that might prevent you from being free. Let’s say you want to go live in France for a year, but is unable to, because you have a 30-year mortgage, that you cannot ignore, and so you are financially trapped.

External variables are relatively easy to start working on, compared to the emotional ones, as the solution is often more logical and straight forward. But not necessarily easy.



It’s possible to be in such bad health conditions, that you can be prevented from doing literally anything. If your health is really bad, you can be forced to stay in bed all day and follow up on none of your dreams. It’s the extreme scenario, but it tells you that health has to be managed in some way.


Whenever you feel like some dream of yours, are outside of your reach, you should be able to identify which of the above categories is the cause.

By becoming aware of what is stopping you exactly, you will be enabled to start working on eliminating those obstacles, and start living life on your terms.

Thanks for reading!