These are hard times for a lot of people, and the future looks challenging as well.
After reading a comment elsewhere that made me go Hmmm, I think we need to get bullish on taking back our power. And by that I don't mean perpetrating hate crimes (just had to say that...)
Jack and I have decided there IS a "best" life out there for us, and we keep working towards it. Work is not always fun. But we touched base again last night about our greatest fears and worst case scenario...what if we lose it all?
So we continue to re-adapt our plans. And I told him...and I mean this...I would be happy to be debt free and living with him in a garden shed. I want a patch of earth that is ours enough to grow a basic garden. And a room big enough for a bed, a couple chairs and a hot plate or woodburning stove. I think we'll actually come out with a bit different scenario in real life, but that's how simply it boils down to things with me...I want self-sufficiency no matter how stripped down it comes, because I don't like feeling powerless.
And you know what? When it's our own choice, it's empowering, even if it doesn't look like the more modern version of the American dream.
Have you ever had that talk...the What If talk?
If we can get past the fear, we get empowered to refashion our possibilities. My grandparents grew up without air conditioning, health insurance, a 401k, and a second vehicle (actually they started with a mule). Progress is great...but when it boils right down to it, if we give up our POWER to be as self-determining as possible in exchange for things we come to think of as necessities, we lose some kind of grit that can see us through.
So I say, let's take it back, even if it looks different than today's norm.
What's are the ways in which you've taken back your choices and your "power" that have worked for you, and what hasn't worked? A lot of you are my heroes for doing just that!