Sad

I’m a little sad sometimes.  I see young people starting out in their careers.  They have energy and their whole life in front of them.  They have so much hope.  They hope they have the “golden ticket” that will make them a success if they just work hard enough.

Some of them will “make it”.  They will work very hard and be considered “management material” work hard…deal with constant stress and at the end of it, they will own a home and have a nice retirement.  But how many people get to enjoy their retirement?  Home many are unhealthy or even DEAD within a few years of retiring?

And some will NOT make it.  They will be in dead end jobs their whole lives, slaving away for low pay, eating crap food, having poor or no medical care, etc.

I know young people who believe in themselves.  They are on their way UP, they think and they’re even a little cocky.  I hope I don’t have to watch them be disillusioned and ground down into what I almost became (a bitter Old Lady).

I hope that somehow this country will right itself and people can have work they enjoy that pays them enough to have nice lives and even to be able to afford a family.  I think that’s something worth working toward.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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4 Responses to Sad

  1. Ryu says:

    Dis-illusionment is a good thing.

    The problem is that modern Americans want and need illusion. They want to be lied to. I’m going to be rich and famous! I’ll have my own house! And I’ll get a great job right out of college!

    It’s a racket. And a necessary one in America. Because then people blame themselves for their failure, instead of the structure of society. The “American Dream” industry must be huge.

    Being bitter is the appropriate response. You were conned by your teachers. I think fairy tales and American dreams do more harm than good. They give unrealistic expectations.

    Most Americans make between 9 and 15 bucks an hour. That is a real wage for non-coastal non-big cities. They work boring jobs they can maybe tolerate.

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  2. Angela says:

    I hear you Maureen. I too feel sad sometimes for the young people just graduating or even just a little further on. Life is really just a roll of the dice it seems. Yes, there are some behaviors and attributes that are in our power to cultivate that seem to contribute to fitting into this current social norm. But it really is a rare person that makes it to the finish line without being thoroughly beat up by life. I can count on one hand those people that I’ve known, or heard of that have this luxury. And then I can count on my fingers, toes, etc. of those I know or have heard of that have experienced all the garden variety traumas, death, divorce, disability, unemployment, abuse, addiction, mental illness. You name it.

    I really just hope for those young people that they launch themselves as far as they can, as fast as they can, and save every spare penny as a cushion for when the ground comes rushing up to meet them midair.

    We seem to be a 2nd world country right now. As in, we certainly don’t enjoy the ease and security of countries like the Scandinavians and Canadians (although that may just be perception and not reality!), but we also don’t have the horrifying warfare, dictatorship, and appalling poverty that SO many people in this world live with.

    I’m talking as a broad generalization of this country as a whole. We are so large that certainly different regions, different cultures within this country likely experience both ends of the spectrum. But it seems that at a federal, governmental level, we are somewhere in the middle.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Astute observations Angela. I too have been noticing that even those who do most everything “right” get screwed in the end by dreadful diseases.

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