Wouldn’t the world just be so much better if get-rich-quick schemes were legitimate?
I mean, all of my loans would be paid, I would own a house, be a stay at home mom, and literally do nothing but enjoy my children and Netflix all day while crocheting, painting, hiking, sailing, etc (okay, there’s more to it than that, but I’m just being obnoxious and unrealistic anyway). That would be the bomb.gov (because it’s more legit…get it?)
Of course, I’ve read Utopia and know that it’s not actually a good way to live so I’m not suggesting that. With debt piling on top of you the minute you leave college – finding a way to stand on your own two feet, support yourself, and still be happy and have free time while being able to sleep at night can be really, really hard.
I dread going to bed each night because I tend to lie there for hours trying to figure out how I can get myself out of this hole of debt, pay off my loans, take care of my wife. I want to support her and create a stable home for her. I want to provide for her, but how can I do this with this mountain of debt standing in my way?
Step 4: Accept that right now, you are small-time
As Kelly Williams Brown puts it “So for right now, being a small-time whatever is your position. It’s not shameful and it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means you’re embarking on adulthood and starting from the beginning, just like every other person in the world must do. When you begin at the beginning any progress you make is yours.”
Right now, I make a small amount of money and live in a little house. Right now, I work long, long hours – evenings, weekends, whatever it takes. I work hard to support my family to the best of my abilities. And it may not be a fancy, glorious job, but it does make me happy and it’s a step in the direction that I want to go. I love my job at camp and know that I’m making a difference in the lives of so many people, but it is small time, I know that.
Right now I am small-time and that is okay – that does not make me a failure, it makes me a normal human being.
I don’t ever hope to be rich or a millionaire. I don’t expect that I will own a house on a beach or a summer home. But I do hope and fully expect that with hard work I can make it to middle class. With hard work, I will someday pay off my student debt. With hard work, I can get somewhere.
And for now, that’s good enough for me.
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