Aside from financial security and the perks attendant to it, one of the reasons I strive for financial independence is so that I can finally be inspired.
Right now, I can say that I like what I do and I like how it gives me the freedom to pursue my other passions, but it just doesn't inspire me. I've always wanted a mentor, someone to look up to and be my peg for my career path and, unfortunately, I have yet to encounter that person. Or maybe it's because I grew up surrounded with exemplary public servants (i.e. my lolo the public prosecutor/ default mayor, my ninong the judge, my grandparents the public school teachers and my father the bureau director) who took to heart their vows of honest and capable service, that I find myself dismayed that I haven't found anyone similar in six years of working.
I want to be inspired and so in my next career move, I will take my time in looking for an organization that will have me jumping out of bed every morning, raring to go to work and face the challenges ahead. I want to learn from someone who walks the walk and talks the talk, someone who gets things done and done splendidly.
I want to be inspired and I am making myself financially secure so that I don't have to pounce on the next job opportunity just because of monetary considerations. When I move on career-wise, you can bet that it's because I want and I choose to be there.
That's why it's important for me to be financially secure.
But rereading what I wrote, I just realized that I've had more than enough inspiration than most. After all, not a lot of people have had the privilege of growing up surrounded with stellar examples. I remember a professor in law school telling the class about my uncle, who used to be his classmate: "Sandy is a great lawyer, but an even greater human being."
And so maybe I should stop actively looking for inspiration and let things be, as my quest for perfection might just end up disappointing me. Basta, a job being just a job is no longer acceptable. I don't want a job, I want a vocation.