As y’all know, I work at home and don’t make much right now. Mostly, I’m okay with it. Money’s never been the most important thing in my life. Friends, experiences, nature… all of that is more important to me.
Money is always a means to an end. As long as I have enough, I’m content. Happy? Not quite, but content. I’ve lived on the financial edge most of my life. I’m sort of used to it (and what a terrible thing to need to adjust to in a country that’s supposed to be as great as ours!).
I realize one bad fall, one broken bone, one car accident will destroy me. That’s a scary thing to live with, but I simply try not to think about it.
But there are times when not having money adversely affects the quality of my life. Today, I canceled a road trip I’d been planning for months. I was going to visit a couple of online friends. I’d really been looking forward to it. Doing that crushed me, but I couldn’t see any alternative. I just can’t afford it.
Remember when road trips were the American standard? Not anymore. Gas is too expensive. The time away from work costs too much. This is just so sad! I love driving trips, love seeing new places. It refreshes the soul in ways nothing else can.
Well… reality is sometimes a hard punch to the jaw. I just have to suck it up and go on.
Maybe next year…