Often we are so caught up in our own bubble that we forget what is really important. For me my family is the most important. I really like my job but I love my family.
Being healthy: Being healthy is very important to me. I want to have a strong body and good condition. Recently I have started to think more about what I eat and I try to do more cardiovascular training. Much research suggests that a proper diet and regular exercise prevent many types of illness.
Reducing stress: Living a life with a minimum of stress is as important as a proper diet and exercise. Since I finished my PhD I am very aware of stress and I am very careful not taking on too much. I have also become very good at saying no to thing at work.
Professional freedom: I really like the clinic where I work and I could very well work there for my entire career. Early on as I started working I saved up some money so I could manage without a paycheck for at least 6 months. The combination of low spending and some saved money gives you very much freedom. I will never want to be in a situation where I can’t quit my job because I will not be able to pay the bills before I find a new one.
Doing good: I have chosen a profession where I help other people. I think it would be hard for me to spend many hours each week on a job that I didn’t thought of as meaningful.
As you can see thing as a bigger house, newer cars or trips around the world have not made it to my list. We all have different thing we want out of life and there is nothing wrong with that. However, I can’t think of a single possession that would increase my level of happiness. I have every material thing I need.
So is there anything I want? I want to be calmer and more mindful. I want to meditate more and eat better. I want to stress less. I am working every day on becoming better at these things and it will be a lifelong journey.