By the way I am watching Ryan Higa cooking (sort of) on youtube as I write this... so it will take me a while to write most likely...
About six months later...
So as I was saying, what happens next after everything else has worked out? And by that I mean, you have attained financial freedom? But wait, what is financial freedom?
Financial freedom is defined by Robert Kiyosaki as the freedom to be who you are and do what you really want in life. So, it is not really about how much money you have, because having lots of money doesn't automatically mean you have financial freedom. I come from a family who made money regularly (both my parents were hard working employees), but we were not free to do what we want. As a kid we had to constantly hear about saving money, we couldn't buy what we want, ate the same adobong kangkong for 5 days in a row, couldn't go to the movies, watched other kids have nice toys and gadgets... I am not complaining, in fact I salute my parents for how they raised me. I am only demonstrating how we did not have financial freedom even though we had money. I think it is because my parents were afraid of losing money, afraid of becoming poor, and so we were made to live a poor life.
Financial freedom therefore is when you are able to be and do what you want with the money you have.
I would say at this point in our lives, I am almost able to do whatever I want. So I guess I can say I have almost attained financial freedom. I don't think I am rich by normal standards, I don't have a nice car, I don't have the most expensive laptop or mobile phone... but it's ok because those are not the things I want. Some of the things I do want are:
- not having to endure traffic 5 days a week
- being with my kids and my kids wanting to be with me
- being able to buy what my kids want, but not to the point of spoiling them
- eating delicious food when I want (no more adobong kangkong!)
- going to the movies when I want
- travelling abroad when I want
- sharing my knowledge to people who are interested in hearing what I have to say
I don't think I am quite there yet because I still hold back to buying wants over needs. My bucket list still contains a list of unchecked things I want to do. I still have that fear of losing, I guess it's hard to break the habits that my parents have instilled in me. I believe fear can be a good thing when it is used to propel you to take action. Some people tend to be frozen with fear that they don't do anything, it is the fear of the unknown.
So what next after financial freedom? Once the bucket list has all been checked and done, what next?
The answer to that, for me, would be... Share your knowledge and pay it forward. Help other people to attain financial freedom.
Today, after a very long time, I received an email from a young reader. It was a pleasant surprise because I seriously thought no one ever read my blog. I just write out of passion and hobby. I am posting her inquiry about homeschooling here so that everyone else who happen to read my blog may benefit too.
"Hi po! I'm turning Gr. 9 this school year and I'm planning to be homeschooled because of personal reasons (like i'm really introvert po) and also financial problems. As I was looking for homeschool reviews I saw your blog and I saw your email at the comments. So paano ko po ma coconvince my parents? And paano po ba yung proseso sa TMA? Thankyou. :) If you wouldn't mind can I ask several questions po about TMA? Kung hindi okay lang po. Salamat po! :)"
Dear Young Reader,
First of all, I'm very happy to hear that you are very much interested in homeschooling. Up to now, my children are homeschooled. My eldest son is not much older than you, he will be starting grade 10 soon, he is turning 16.
As a parent, at first I did not believe in homeschooling. Madami akong concern for my kids. Matututo ba sila talaga magaral? Pano kung hindi sila sumunod sa akin? Makakapasok ba sila sa college with homeschool credentials? Magiging normal ba sila pag adult na sila?
Alam mo kase marami kaming takot as parents. We don't want to screw up our children's future by making a bad decision. We only want you to do well in life. So by doing what everyone else is doing, like sending our kids to regular school, we think we are doing the "safe" thing.
But as I started reading more things about and attending orientations about homeschooling, the more I felt that it was the best for my kids.
So I suggest the same thing to your parents. You should expose them to more information about homeschooling. Homeschool providers have scheduled orientations for parents who are considering homeschooling.
I don't know your circumstances at the moment, but homeschooling requires one parent to be willing to be in charge of your education. If your parents are both working, one of them may need to sacrifice their work, it's usually the mother.
Also, I suggest you also check out Catholic Filipino Academy founded by Bo Sanchez, if you are Catholic. Mas mura ang tuition fee nila compared to TMA kung isa ka lang na maghohomeschool. I transferred to TMA kase mas mura lumalabas sa kanila kung maraming anak ang enrolled, kase per family ang charge ng TMA.
At the end of the day, it doesnt matter kung TMA or CFA, because what matters is how focused you are in taking charge of your education. As long as you are honest and passionate in learning, I am sure you will do well!
Best of luck to you dear and hope all will turn out ok. Let me know how it goes!
Bella Carlos aka Carol S. Abella