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February 21, 2011, 7:13 am
Filed under: when I grow up | Tags: ,

This coming live from my house where semi quick internet is now operational. Being, the good news.

The bad news is that a financial reshuffle is currently applying minor degrees of stress and hastening the need with which I need to relocate and start making cash again. A brief period of disasterizing about being a massive failure and how I would never be able to afford to retire or have kids followed, as well as fantasies about having to go home and earn money and running into classmates living more comfortable lifestyles laughing and shunning me. Visions of credit card debt followed.

Delightfully irrational.

The truth is, I have only one friend who fits the definition of mid twenties success and he’s a chartered accountant who lived at home during all of his college career. Even he is tied to a fairly expensive piece of property that may well have depreciated in value over the past few years. Everyone else I know seems to still live in the world of budget vacations (staycations?), roommates, mild to extreme debt, underemployment and generally a life that looks nothing like what our parents had. The list of people unhappy with their circumstances appears fairly long, from this view.

Widen the lens and the young people of this country face daunting odds. LG earns an incredibly small amount of money monthly, feasible only because we have almost no overhead but insufficient to support any kind of property ownership or a family. The average young person in this country did not finish highschool, is unemployed and unemployable. This is a country where a lack of health insurance is dangerous, property can be expensive, and private school is increasingly the only option for many reasons (costing more than university tuition per year). This is far from the only place in the world where such facts are reality.

Life is seriously not so bad.

The disasterizing does serve a function, shots of regular anxiety are a reminder to get back to the classic Scottish financial austerity (read: frugality) I grew up around.

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