A life free from expectations? From obligations? Social norms? At risk of being a hedonistic debauchee, but I’d be a hedonistic debauchee. Maybe not exactly, but one things for sure, I wouldn’t be a very productive member of society.
Honestly, I would probably sit around all day play video games. I’d watch tv shows, and if I was feeling productive, I’d play basketball. I’d lay down in the afternoon sun, basking the haphazard beauty. I would pursue everything that brings pleasure at the cost of minimal effort. I’d basically waste my life away.
Initially, this life would be quite entertaining. I’d wake up and bounce from one activity to another, without a care in the world. No worries, no responsibilities, just fun. Assuming that I could maintain this lifestyle without any consequences, maybe I could keep it up for two to three weeks. Any longer than that, my life would cease to have meaning. All the things that give life any value would be devoid from my life.
Thankfully, there are systems set up to prevent this from happening. Society expectations, my parent’s expectations, and my obligations to myself. It comes down to fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointing others, fear of a darker future. Fear can quite harmful, but it does hold the world in place. Without fear, I’d choose to enjoy my life in the only way I know how. As a result, would do nothing remotely productive. I’d be the 30 year old who lives in their parent’s basement.
Clearly, this isn’t a life that I want for myself. I want to graduate high school, go to college, get a job, start a family. None of this would happen if wasn’t motivated by fear. In the few instances that I have overcome this pressure, it hasn’t ended well. It would be in my best interest to submit to this obstacle. The beneficial burden.
Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay.