Recently I replayed Far Cry 3, a first-person shooter set on a tropical and paradise-like island that’s riddled with deadly animals and modern-day pirates. The story is mostly carried by the game’s main antagonist, Vaas Montenegro. As the drugged-up leader of the pirates, he often shares his words of wisdom with the player. And it’s one of his sayings that got me thinking.
When I was a child the lottery fascinated me. And who could blame me? People hitting it big simply by buying a colourful piece of paper with seven or so large magical numbers on it makes for a fascinating and tantalising story to children. I wanted to win the jackpot too. And I still do.
Football and cycling rank among the most popular sports in Belgium, but sometimes I wonder if we shouldn’t consider complaining as our favourite national sport. Even though we’re one of the most-advanced and richest countries in the world, Belgians always find something to complain about. As is clear from media outlets online, it’s not just Belgians though. These days everyone and their dog partakes in what I like to call The Complain Game.
We’ve all been there. “Why am I spending eight hours every workday in the office? I could be doing something a lot more useful or fun!” If you’re like me and you think that trading up to 1,800 hours every year simply to make a living is ludicrous, you’ve probably heard of financial independence already.
Today I’d like to talk about taxes. It’s a topic that often receives little attention in our community even though it is an integral part of our lives, especially if you’re trying to achieve financial independence like most of us are. I know that taxation is a tricky issue for many of you, mainly among my Northern-American and UK readership, but hear me out why I enjoy paying taxes.