Or should I say hey y’all, as I will be shuffling off this Maine coast in three weeks and moving to Chattanooga, TN! That’s right, I’ve neglected the blog big time, with lots of behind the scene reasoning being hiring movers, thinking about packing, and doing little trips in the area to make the most of my last Maine summer.
As a corollary to the move, as boyfriend and I are going primarily for his job, I am now…duh duh duh…unemployed. It’s a weird feeling, and one that hopefully won’t last for very long, but also a time for reflection and taking stock of my life (and massive amounts of applications 🙂 )
Ian is so good about keeping me grounded. It’s important for me to remember that yes, while we are going to be on a budget for a while, and yes, we may have to live a little differently than we are used to, we are also both exceedingly lucky and blessed, and I need to keep in mind some simple facts:
1. 50% of Americans would not be able to come up with $2,000 if they had to, even if given 30 days to do it;
2. Roughly 40% of Americans will live at or below the poverty line during any span of 10 years, with 13-17% a any given time;
3. Nearly 20% of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are in “debt hardship;” the average American college graduate has $20,000 in debt when they graduate;
4. and, Tennessee residents have one of the highest average individual credit card debts, at just around $7,000.
Now, I’m not highlighting these facts to wax poetic about my own financial situation; money is a private thing, and mine will remain that way. It’s just important to remember, I think, that even when things seem tough, or crunchy, or freaky just by the virtue of so much being uncertain, chances are that in the grand scheme of things, I’m doing just fine. Hug your loved one, hug your cat, and if you know where your next meal is coming from, where it’s going to be served, and that place happens to be a place that you reside in and are responsible for, you’re doing ok too.
We should all be so lucky.