The Security Illusion

We like the idea that one day we'll have more than enough money to never worry about it again, a job that we will never lose, a roof that will always be over our head. So we live our lives accordingly. We tuck away our wild-eyed dreams in desk drawers, make practical choices instead of interesting ones, and gradually become more risk-averse.

But security is an illusion, perhaps the greatest illusion of all. You could lose everything you have tomorrow whether the economy goes into a tailspin or humanity destroys the planet. In the last 20 years, large companies have gone bankrupt and let go of employees who worked there for decades.

A friend once said to me "I don't get these people who leave their jobs to start companies. Why not wait until you're all settled and secure?" I said "you realize the reason you have a job to go to is that the person who started your company did exactly that right? And who says you're going to make it to that age considering we just had a friend die last week."

The illusion of security keeps people playing small, denying themselves a well-lived life, and perpetuates anxiety. Think about the amount of energy we expend in pursuit of security. We study to get degrees from famous colleges, work our asses off to pad our resumes with prestigious companies, and travel towards a false horizon of security and stability.

The illusion of security is a prison of your own creation. Paradoxically, you'll be free when you realize that security is an illusion.

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