Financial freedom is not a pre-requisite for happiness. You can be happy right now regrdless of your financial situation.
However, when you achieve financial freedom your life suddenly changes from pre-determined to self-determined. When your life is self determined, you no longer have excuses for why your life might be less than ideal. You instantly become solely responsible for your happiness with no excuses allowed.
Here is the reality most people people working 9-5 face. Their lives are largely pre-determined. They spend the bulk of their time working to earn the money necessary to build a better lifestyle. The little time that remains is quickly swallowed up by family, errands and other personal needs. Very little free time remains to create your unique life destiny, and very little creative thought is required to live out your lifetime. You work 50 hours per week for 50 years and try to have a little fun with what little time remains. It’s pretty straightforward and uncomplicated. Society wrote the script and nearly everyone follows it.
However, once you achieve financial freedom all that changes. Suddenly many thousands of hours a year previously spent on work related issues is yours to do with as you please. Your days have zero pre-determined structure – an open canvas for you to paint the life of your dreams upon.
When your life changes from pre-determined to self-determined, you don’t get to follow the default script imposed by society. For some people the adventure is exciting, but for many others it is frightening. You become self-responsible for your day, your life, and most importantly… your happiness.
You no longer have the excuse of a job and a boss to blame your unhappiness on. You no longer have your days automatically filled with everything to do so that you never have to think for yourself, deal with your personal issues, or constructively plan your life. With financial freedom all those excuses are gone, many of your day-to-day responsibilities are gone, and you must re-create yourself and your life.