“For men in a state of freedom had thatch for their shelter, while slavery dwells beneath marble and gold.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter XC
We are all chasing more “marble and gold” but in that chase we are less free. The simpler life is freeing.
We are tethered to devices that make us accessible 24/7/365. We can’t spend 5 minutes with our own thoughts without reaching for our phones.
We complicate our own lives. Rather than living simply we chase things that are unnecessary: likes, comments, etc.
The shot of dopamine is too enticing.
“We were born into a world in which things were ready to our hands; it is we who have made everything difficult to come by through our own disdain for what is easily come by.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter XC
We complicate our own lives. Rather than being happy with what we have, we want more.
“[T]o want simply what is enough nowadays suggest to people primitiveness and squalor.” – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter XC
We need to learn to be happy with what we have, not always searching for what we don’t.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have goals or aspirations. We need to learn to be patient and to be satisfied with what we have now.
You are enough. You don’t need to impress people. You don’t need to have a million followers.
If you are pursuing your best life that is enough. Set goals for your self. Take calculated risks. Some will pan out others won’t.
That’s ok. Life is about trying new things, growing from our mistakes. It’s about being the best version of yourself.
Just as you are, you are enough.