Get up and dust off
Everyday is a new day, a part of my inner head says to me in the morning as I reach for my coffee, desperately attempting to wake up. At times I swat that thought away, but there are other times I take comfort in it.
After writing my previous post, I felt relieved. I had been holding that in for a while and it had bubbled up to the surface. I felt like I was going to burst. Writing is therapeutic, but I’m the type of person who has to sometimes throw it out into the world (so please forgive me if what I wrote was too heavy).
I also think that so many of us are in this particular financial situation. At least people from my generation. I usually describe us as “middle class poor.” Meaning we tend to live paycheck to paycheck and just barely get by. Sometimes we may even be able to save, if we’re lucky.
The up and coming generation isn’t so lucky. I have met several young adults in their early to mid-20s who still live with family because they can’t afford a place on their own (and really I see no problem with that). They are usually embarrassed, but I tell them not to be. I say they are lucky to have those people in their lives who are willing to help them.
There is a very serious economic situation not only in the US, but around the world. We do live in a world where the rich have gotten quite plump in the bank and would like to suck us dry, even more. The poor are in such a desperate situation that they are usually unable to get out of their own economic crisis (and this is sadly passed on to their children).
I’ve always believed – and still strongly do – that we have to help each other out. We need to help those who are less fortunate than us. As the saying goes, it takes a village.
That village, though, is something people have lost along the way somehow. Not all, but many. In some places we’ve lost that sense of community. I’m not necessarily only talking about giving money to charities or volunteering. I’m talking more about helping those who are close to us – neighbors, friends, family.
While at times we can get up and dust ourselves off, sometimes we need to lend a hand to those who can’t do it by themselves. And sometimes, we’ll need others to reach out to us and help us get back up again.
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson