Re-posting from a helpful site since I want to take my professional and financial plans in perspective. Maybe these will help me decide what to do and hopefully it will lead me to true financial freedom.
I want to be financially independent. I want to work (if I decide to work) on what I enjoy the most, not on what pays me the most.
Paying for yesterday is perhaps the most important investment you can make in your future. Getting rid of those debts will buy you breathing room. It will buy a future of freedom. And it will bring your dreams — the things you really, really want — into reach.
Your bills tell your past, but they also tell your future. Every debt, every monthly payment, every dollar you owe is a claim against your future. Debt affects what you can — and cannot — do about your future. And when you pay off the credit cards and IOUs, you open up new worlds of financial possibilities for yourself. You have more to spend, more to save, and a whole lot less to worry about.