Some time ago a friend of mine said, “Everybody knows that you can turn a quarter into a dollar,” and she was right, I really can. Suffice to say, I was born with the bargain gene. If there is a bargain, sale or dare I say a steal, anywhere within 200 paces I can smell it. This has always come in handy for me and has enabled me to find the most wonderful things and well, it’s just fun. You know?
However, the last few months has really put this ability to the test. And I have to admit that even I am having a hard time turning nothing into something. I do have a job for which I am quite grateful, especially considering that so many don’t. However, if I were eligible for unemployment I’m sad to say that I would actually be making more than I am now, working my buns off for 40 hours a week. Which really got me thinking.
How is it, that things have gotten so damn weird that it pays more to do nothing than to do something? Than to not work instead of working? That’s a real puzzler if you ask me. I suspect it has something to do with the insidious growth of the entitlement mentality. Over the last decade (if not longer) we’ve been conditioned somehow to believe that we are entitled to things simply because we want them or need them. What is that all about? Seriously, what is that all about?
I just got an email from a friend who reports that her new business is starting to flourish and she couldn’t be happier. However, she just can’t seem to save the money to get a new place to live. Her solution? Why she’s waiting for Congress to pass a law, extending unemployment benefits. Huh? She just said she had a business and it’s doing well, yet she is hoping for an extension of unemployment benefits? Is it me, or is there something wrong with this picture?
Make no mistake, I would love, love, love for some money to fall from the sky. To win the lottery or suddenly discover I had a floopy maiden aunt who just left me a boatload of money – because shit that would solve a lot of immediate problems. I could finally let go of the stress of worrying over bills and food and silly stuff like that. Right? Well maybe not, if I got a boatload of money I have a feeling I would discover all manner of new friends and long lost family suddenly be dropping by. Even strangers would be sending me letters asking for just a teeny tiny portion of it. You know why? That’s right, entitlement. People honest to God think that if someone else has a whole bunch of money that they should share it.
Well, what’s wrong with that? you might ask. Let me put it to you this way – a person who has a whole bunch of money doesn’t usually get it from out of nowhere, usually they work for it – whether it’s physical labor or mental labor or innovative genius, they usually put in a lot of time to get that reward. Now, during this phase of the operation are people clamoring to get in there and roll up their sleeves and pitch in? Ah…no, they aren’t. Yet when the rewards start rolling in – they suddenly appear. See where I’m going with this?
Anyway, much as the few dollars I have these days are squealing like little piggies from being stretched to the limit, what I’m really hoping for is more work. More ways to earn money, more ideas that can same. Because when the day comes that my money can stop squealing from pain (and they will) I want to know that I don’t owe it to anyone but myself.
What do you think?