10 Lessons I Learned After Prison About Materialism/Status/Power
Before going to prison I chased materialism, status, and power to give my life a sense of meaning and fulfillment. It didn't work.
Here are 10 things I learned.
My unfulfilled dreams aren't going to fulfill themselves.
2. Definition of Insanity
Working a job I don't like, so I can buy things I don't need is one definition of insanity.
3. What will I be grateful for?
I'm not going to be grateful I outmaneuvered Tom for the promotion when I breathe my last breath.
If my lifestyle is something I no longer enjoy but instead something I struggle to maintain, I don't own my life. My lifestyle owns me.
If I'm seeking status through materialism or other means, I don't want the object, promotion, or membership.
What I truly desire is how I believe others will perceive me because I possess those things.
6. Why do I want this thing?
More often than not, I don't want the thing. I want how I believe the thing will make me feel.
No matter how much I had, it would never be enough because I didn't know I was enough.
I make up stories about material objects and I believe everyone else believes the same stories.
9. The Golden Treadmill
I was on the golden treadmill chasing meaning and fulfillment, but too blind to see the futility of my actions. I was basically running on a treadmill trying to capture the horizon.
10. Meaning and Fulfillment
Meaning and fulfillment will never come from materialism, status, or power - that's like expecting orange juice from apples.