Sorry about the overly-emotional response. Just that it’s been rough lately—economics plus liver problems—and it’s easy to take things the wrong way in this state of mind.
It’s embarrassing, but my mother and step-father have let me move back in with them. I hate it, but it’s the best of my limited options. I’ve gone to seminary in order to keep my student loans from coming due, and it lets me earn the occasional few hundred dollars from doing pulpit supply too.
That plus writing on commission has managed to keep my head above water so far. But it’s a very narrow thing, and getting narrower.
Thanks very much for the advice and the prayers.
Luircin, My heart goes out to you. I graduated from college with good grades and a double major but no jobs. Lucky to go into the Army after college for 4 years. Got out of the Army and still no jobs (in my college field). Army G.I. Bill to let me get back into college to get a 2nd degree in another field (computers)...I was so broke that not only was I back living with my parents but I could not even afford gas for the old car I had except my Dad would slip me gas money.
Then I graduated right (early 80’s) right after the video game industry crashed so there I was a new C.S. grad with no job experience trying to find work when thousands of skilled, experienced programmers were out of work and looking.
I worked whatever low end temp job I could find. Finally got lucky and took a low paying computer job, that was the only offer my job searches/applications turned up.
Hard times. Sorry you are there too guy! Take whatever and tighten the belt. No bad situation is forever, though it seems that way. The USA is in bad shape and getting worse. Seems in bad times, when we need good leaders, we get stuck with the worst people. Just as in the 1930’s Great Depression my struggled thru (lost the farm, etc), we got bad policies from bad leaders (Hoover and then Roosevelt...though history has painted him falsely as the “savior”).
p.s. I used to write articles for small circulation hobby magazines, but never got more than $150 per published article.
Considering the time put in to write and prepare an article, my pay was around $2/hour. Not much money in writing for small outfits, but the big magazine that paid well, had more than enough writers.
This is a mixture of responses to your first and second postings:
I will have to say that it is good to see people my age(I am 26 also), or a little bit older or younger, speak out against the policies that Obama stands for. I am in a similar boat as you. It is hard for me to find a job, so I’ve been stuck working at Best Buy for over four years because that may be the best retail job that I can have at the moment. I also have a form of autism, called asperger’s syndrome, which can be a limitation on the jobs that I can possibly have.
Currently I am in college trying to get a communications degree so that I can be a radio DJ, and am on the pathway to having my own radio show at the college’s radio station. The quickest way out of my mess is to be able to find a commercial venture for my lyrics, songs, poetry whathaveyou. So far, that hasn’t worked as the big movers and shakers in the music industry do not find my work good enough to publish or to pair with anybody. But I cannot be quiet and accept my failures.
We all have periods in our lives, I would think, where we can see no sun over the horizon. We tend to see life as a scale of ascendance but sometimes the scales may tip not in our favor and we go sliding downwards into the abyss. Sometimes I feel that way, as I am 26, I also live with my father and I should have a girlfriend and be out of college by now. Life moves by so fast that it is incredible to actually anticipate the future that we live in.
We are young enough to see the world revolutionize itself. We should feel pity upon those who are old enough, no offense, to not live past the next four years but know, and dread, what those years will do. Sometimes the best thing to do is to go on a walk, pick a goofy song from the 1950s(Purple People Eater did the trick for me) and listen to the whole thing. That made me feel happy today.
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Guys - got a young brother needs help and some good words out here.
“...Its embarrassing, but my mother and step-father have let me move back in with them. I hate it, but its the best of my limited options....”
Thank God your mother and step-father are still here so you HAVE that fall back plan.
There’s nothing embarrassing about surviving, my friend. You do what you have to do.
Your response is not an “overly emotional response”; it’s a response to pain, and fear, and the state of things. I understand it totally. I’m scraping by to pay the mortgage every month, feed my family, and keep the lights on. You are not alone; there’s varying degrees of financial wreckage for a lot of us.
On the plus side for you - you’re young. You can - and will - recover eventually.
Don’t give up, brother. Life is a giant wheel of sh*t and sugar, and most of the time we’re somewhere in between the totality of either of those two states. Right now, it’s just sh*tty, but it will come around again.
There’s work out there; may not be what you want to do, but do what you have to any way you can to pay your bills.
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