I’m 22, struggling, and worried about the future. I work at a shitty gas station job making about $312 before taxes, $250 after taxes, per week. After filling up my gas tank and buying necessities (didn’t want to say buying cigarettes for the week, because that’s definitely something I could eliminate!) for the week, putting aside money for rent, and giving my mom some money for cell phone bill, car insurance, etc., I’m broke by Thursday (get paid Tuesday).
I’m in school right now, full-time, in a field that I love, but I’m not sure will make me a lot money, unless I make it big, big. My student loans are racking up year by year, and I think I’m going to HAVE to go to graduate school, just so I don’t have to start paying my loans now. I’m completely stressed out and depressed thinking about the future; I cry, every night, thinking about money. I’m scared I’ll never buy a house with my boyfriend. I’m scared we’ll never be able to live life…like it’s supposed to be lived. It’s too short to live it worrying about money.
I want children someday, but not until I’m established, with a good job and in a nice house with some savings stacked up. Seeing as this may never happen, I guess the dream of having children is demolished. Besides that, I’m scared to bring my children into a world of no opportunity. I guess I can hope they’ll somehow become the 1%? Dream on.
My wonderful mother raised my brother and I all on her own. She worked at a job she absolutely despised. I remember her crying about having to go to work, because she just hated it so much. When my brother and I got older, she decided to go back to school. She is now 42 and had a Master’s degree in special education. She teaches at an Autistic school and she absolutely loves her job. I’ve never seen her so happy. However, she is now deep into debt from student loans and other bills from over the years (Before teaching, she was student teaching and working shitty retail jobs and temp jobs). My mom, who has worked so hard, now has to file bankruptcy just so that she can get back up on her feet. But guess what, bankruptcy doesn’t cover student loans, so she will still have to pay over $300 a month towards student loans, PLUS her $800+ rent a month. Thank god my little brother got a full ride to school.
My boyfriend’s father worked for General Motors for over 25 years. He worked over 40 hours a week and broke his back, not literally, for this job. When GM shut down, he was qualified to get a retirement package. About a year ago, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. A couple months after this, his health insurance was cut in half. Things he now needed would no longer be covered.
We are the 99%