I’ve been feeling pretty content lately. Something that I talked a little about here and here.
And because this feeling of overall contentment is somewhat new to me, I’ve been wondering where it’s coming from.
Superficially, I could say that it’s situational: New York is pretty awesome.
But I think it’s something deeper than that. I think a big piece of my contentment has to do with my level of autonomy.
I have more autonomy now then I have ever had at any other point in my life.
From what brand of toilet paper I buy to choosing to eat a cupcake for dinner to what meetings I take and what projects I work on to where I work on any given day, it’s all up to me. I am the architect of my life.
It makes total sense that this is influencing my level of contentment. Autonomy is one of the key factors in motivation and engagement. And I think one of the key factors influencing how content we feel.
When oppressive bosses and governments create environments void of autonomy, it should be no surprise that people eventually find some way to rebel.