So, why is being debt-free important? For me, it is important because I don’t want to be anyone’s slave–anymore. Owing people makes you, effectually, their slave. Debt-freedom offers an ease of mobility through life that positions you to seize more opportunities. Opportunities that produce more income as well as joy, peace, and charity in your life and in the lives (or causes) of others you care about. And it’s just wise. Spiritually, the Bible advises us to pay our debts, quickly, and owe no man anything except a debt of love.
Disclaimer: Whenever I reference my upbringing or the parenting I experienced in my writing, it is NOT from a self-serving place to shift blame away from me on to others. And, it is NOT me seeking to negate full responsibility for my adult choices. It is simply the result of me quietly and consistently doing the hard work of self-examination so as to fully understand myself. That is, why and how I react to certain life stimuli. It is simply the problem solver in me. Note that I adore my parents. They did the best they could with the awareness they had. I just happen to be a product of a moment of passion in their youth and immaturity. And, being the product of such leaves certain deficits in an offspring. So any narration about my family is simply a sober reflection on the REALITY of my upbringing and the role it played in my adult mindset. But, more importantly, it is referenced to feature how I’m processing the deficits of my past/present so as to make a better present and future. That is better for me and others appointed to my destiny. So, the message I’m conveying in any writing that references my family is, you DO NOT have to live defined by what you lacked in childhood. You don’t have to be a slave to your past, upbringing, or environment. For, what you lacked can actually empower you to have and be more than you ever imagined. But, you must take action and it starts with you in a mirror–thoroughly examining yourself.