Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have a lot of money
While I was still in college I fully expected to get a job fairly quickly after I graduated. I thought I’d then be able to pay off my student debt fairly quickly. What I didn’t expect is what ultimately happened. I still work at the same job I did while I was in school. I’m nowhere near paying off my debt. I can’t afford to replace my 16-year-old car let alone go on vacation. At the moment I’m living vicariously through the travels of a fellow blogger named Lesley Carter. She travels around the world overcoming many of her fears and exploring the great wonders of this planet. Here is a link to her latest post.
My rant this week is dedicated to those many people who constantly (either directly or indirectly) remind me that I don’t have much money. My Alma Mater, Loyola University of Chicago, regularly calls me at weird times and days I might add so that I can donate to the school. I’ve told them many times that I’m too busy paying off my loans to them, so unless they would like to make a donation to my funds then they should stop calling me for the foreseeable future. The last time they called I even told them I’d call them when I choose to donate to them. They haven’t seem to gotten the message.
I have friends and family who ask me why I haven’t bought another car since I am so unhappy with the one I have. They too I guess don’t understand the concept of being almost broke. I can’t convey to you how many times I’ve been asked why I don’t go on vacation somewhere. Who wouldn’t like to snorkel in the Caribbean? Swim with dolphins at Sea World. Explore the beauty of Hawaii and the history of China. I sure would like to. There is just a small problem. You can’t do any of these things unless you’ve got money. I now retort to these inquiries with: “Unless you plan on funding this proposed vacation, don’t bother mentioning it to me.”
I don’t think people ask me these things with malicious intent. I just implore people to think that hey maybe not everyone is as well off as they are. When I’m asked these questions I want to reply: “Thank you for reminding me that I can’t afford to go on vacation. I had actually managed to go a day without thinking about my finances.” When I make more money I will undoubtedly travel around the world. Until then, I’m stuck mulling over what could have been.
Do you experience similar situations?
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