Post # 1
Did any bees see the latest news about how our economy has reached a new level of suck? I am freaking out. Both FI and I have never been unemployed all through this crisis, so maybe it is just my anxiety disorder doing the talking… but I’m so scared. This scenario has never happened before in US economic history (a jobless recovery THIS shallow) so it’s hard to know if things will ever get better. At my worst moments I have visions of homelessness dancing in my head. I always torment myself with the worst case scenario. Maybe it’s also because I was raised in a household with high financial insecurity.
I’m just freaked out. Are things EVER going to get better???
It’s pretty clear that none of our leaders (President Obama, Republicans in Congress etc) know what they’re doing, they’re just kind of fishing around and hoping for the best. But it’s not working. And they’re all already rich so maybe it doesn’t bother them so much. Ugh ugh ugh!!!!
My FI always soothes me that all we need to survive is food, shelter, and each other. He’s so sweet, he says we can start a farm in his parent’s backyard. We are both college educated people, we got a good start in life. There are literally billions of people who are getting through life with much less and they aren’t curling into a ball in the corner in fear. I wish I could be one of them.
Post # 3
Before I graduated from school IO used to take care of elderly people for some cash. Some despite their age (90s) were very mentally sharp and we would watch the evening news and have conversations about current events. Of course this would trigger events from the persons past they would compare too. I believe everything is a cycle. We had a BOOM, and now is the time we are paying for the boom none of us could afford.
Job wise, the Fiance and I too based on our professions never experienced a “lay-off” *knock on wood*. And I can say based on my old ladies and old guys I used to care for….you cant sweat the small stuff..and yes being layed off is small stuff in the grand outlook of life. Enjoy you are in a position to have the job, you have your health. If anything would happen you will do what you need too and in 20 years from that point you will look back and have great memories still of life.
Post # 4
Hubs and I are lucky in that our jobs are really recession proof (I’m in insurance, he’s a mechanic, both necessities). I have to agree with Miss Meeps, and that older people really are a great group to speak to about this, because they have been through it all and survived to tell the tale
Post # 5
I’m freaking out too. I’ve been worried about the double dip for a few months since our business suddenly ground to a halt. The debt ceiling issue is not helping since if the private sector won’t spend, government should be. I feel like we are on the edge of Hoover back in the 30s.
Post # 6
It’s always in the back of my mind, too. The company I currently work for has had some steep ups and downs recently and I always panic a little when I hear the accountants mention that it’s been a bad month. The only thing I can do is keep my resume and skills up to date and relevant and save some money. Luckily FI just recently found a new job at a company that’s very stable, so if something were to happen to my job we’d be able to survive on his salary and the savings we have. It’s hard not to worry all of the time, but worrying isn’t going to help the situation.