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Feb 28, 2019 15:37:22

You're Stuck in Experiential Debt

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 345 words | 🐣 | 454💌


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All you have in this life is your experience as this unstoppable thing called time passes. Sometimes it slows down. Sometimes it speeds up. But for us, it never ever stops. And it only goes in one direction.

I always hear people not enjoying large swaths of their days, which turns into large swaths of life.

If you don't enjoy what you are doing, be it your job or the friends you have or whatever else it may be, then you need to change it. There is no good in allowing time to pass with negative or unfulfilling experiences. 

You may complain of money and kids and responsibility-stuff; that you must pass time through lackluster experiences because life demands this of you. But this is simply debt. Time/Experience debt. It must not be used as an excuse to stay in debt, or worse, to add onto it.

Sometime along the way, you made decisions. Decisions were made for you. Decisions that allowed you to pass time some sort of way, usually a way pleasant to that moment but not leading to any future-pleasure.

This was debt.

If you find yourself complaining about having to spend eight hours at a job you don't enjoy, then know that this is because you had chosen in the past to pass time in ways that only addressed the time-present while ignoring the now-current. You chose experiential debt rather than experiential investment.

Most people with experiential-debt use it to justify taking on even more debt.

"I hate this job. It's Friday. So I will get drunk."

"I hate this job. It's Saturday. I will binge watch XXX/YYY/ZZZ"

But that is simply adding on to the debt. And the interest is piling on.

If you find yourself stuck working eight hours a day because you need to pay back experiential-debt, then please do not spend the rest of your time adding onto this. Use it to pay off your debt, so that one day you may get to choose what to do with your time, and enjoy it.

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    @abrahamKim I like the way you framed this. Sadly, many people are stuck in experiential debt. I have a particular interest in exploring the most effective ways to get out of this debt.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 28, 2019 08:02:16
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      You write anything on here yet about getting out of experiential debt?

      Abe avatar Abe | Mar 01, 2019 02:49:35
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      @abrahamKim I am hoping to have a blog on the topic. :)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 01, 2019 07:41:44
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