Really don't mean to come across as mean. But I was reflecting these few days about people and... empathy? Not Empathy exactly, but the ability or inability to put yourself in the shoes of another.
What they mean by putting yourself in the shoes of another means that you look at the issue, trying your best to understand the viewpoint or the perspectives of the other person, with THAT person's values and assumptions. Like as though you have possessed the person or become the person.
There are some people who look at issues supposedly with the other person's perspectives, but still hold on to their own bias and assumptions. Then what was the point, really? :X
Anyway, these days I get a lot of this:-
"Wah, so much freedom and free time now. Envious".
Erm, I think I'm also envious of how in the civil service, you know the exact amount you will receive on the 12th of the month, and the amount surely appears in your bank. With the mid and year end bonus and the 13th month. There's always both sides of the coin. Look at both, really.
Until your idea takes off, your work becomes possible, only then you will be able to become the cliche that people think. But your awareness is always alert.
I've always remembered this saying. That 8 out of 10 businesses fail in the first year. And the remaining 2 join the pool of 10 the next year, in which 8 out of 10 will fail. The odds are never in your favour.
But.. A life that is yours is the only one worth living.