As anyone who's awake knows, the current economic situation in the western world is between not great and utterly shit. As anyone who's ever been a student/unemployed/unemployable knows, sitting on one's arse all day in PJs, eating crackers and drinking whatever liquid is the first one you find in your fridge, is usually conducive to thinking about these things and ending up becoming a little depressed.
This is not, however, going to be a depressing post. It's more of a rumination around financial worries, taking the good things into account, and looking on the bright side. This is the first time a PJ day has resulted in such a sunny side up frame of mind, so I figured writing it down was a good plan (and will possibly provide a kick up the bum should a more negative lazy weekend in the future result in a potential downer).
Right now, with my new job and secure house, I'm not really in a position to moan anyway, even if I felt like it. Everyone is having to tighten their belts and yes, while I earn considerably less than I used to, and it's stressful to count every single dollar, the fact of the matter is that I have a job and I have the potential to not be broke. I'm just impatient because I want my finances to be balanced now, and I'm terrible for stressing over what might happen, rather than the actual situation I'm in (not just in monetary terms, but for everything). I just need to make sure I have enough to take care of the dogs and cat, keep up with the bills, eat reasonably healthily, and suck up the fact that we can't really go out to socialise for the rest of this year if we plan on visiting England for Christmas. The reason I'm stressed, if I'm honest, is just that the bills seem never-ending: as soon as I get back to a balanced figure, something else comes up: house tax, health insurance, car tax, pet tax, home maintenance - you name it, we're probably getting taxed on it, and all before the end of the year. If I could just overcome the seemingly constant stream of bills for things we already have (oh, poor me), I could break even, start saving again, and feel less panicky about the whole thing.
But it's then that I need to look more objectively at my situation, and not see it as ignoring the problem, but more being pragmatic about it. There's no point in me worrying and worrying about the bills that WILL come, because the fact of the matter is that I WILL deal with them. Eventually things will work out, even if it's over a longer time period than I would ideally like, and then there will probably be something else for me to worry about anyway - so standby for that blog post, ha ha!