Whew. So, you know when life keeps throwing the same theme your way? Whether it be a topic of conversation you keep bringing up yourself, or a message you hear all about you from friends, on the radio, in magazines, or in the paper, the universe seems to be telling you something, and you feel you should be paying attention? Well, that’s been happening quite a bit lately with me regarding this whole Occupy movement.
The start of it came at work, a club downtown, where there is quite the diverse community coming together: the rich club owner, the some-what rich patrons, the not-so rich patrons, the not-so rich workers at the club. I started thinking about money. How do we get it, and how do we use it? Better yet, how do we view it? Reality is slippery, and perception is key to any waking moment, THEREFORE, how do I view money now, and what important facts about money am I unaware of? What does that club owner know that I don’t?
And so started this focus on the money system in our country. Conversations with friends would diverge on it. News stories in the paper would end up on my table at the local cafe. Reports about it would pop up on the radio when I was listening, and headlines would lead with it on my homepage. I figure I have no other option than to roll with it. These are the times we live in: ’tis the time of Occupy.
As a 31 year old adult, I have a certain view of all this. I went to university to attain my BA like I was told to. I expected to get a good job upon graduation, and I got one. I started at $65,000/yr at my first job out of school, as a pharmaceutical sales rep. At the time, in 2004, they were practically giving these jobs away. They asked if I had any friends that I could refer them to. Of course, as we all know, the bottom fell out just a few years later. And now, as I work two jobs and hope to earn over $20,000 this year, I wonder: how do others view money in this time? I have stressed about it, I have worked hard for it, I have ignored it, I have been hurt by it. At this point in my life, I want to know more about it. I want to understand it.
And so I pose it to you, dear reader, to share your tale of money over the past few years. What are your beliefs about how it works in this country of ours? What are your future goals in dealing with it? Any changes in your current ideology from a few years ago? Please, do share.
“Ups and downs, strikes and gutters” — The Dude.
Ultimately, I believe in the greater system: the Universe. It’s chaos. The pendulum will swing, and swing it has. These hard times don’t surprise me, nor do they offend me. What they do is intrigue me. I want to better understand how they effect our culture, and how they influence the next swing. Thanks in advance for your story.