We are all on a journey of some kind. For me, part of that journey has always been about self-improvement. Evaluating where I am, where I’m going, and creating a plan to get there. I am and have always been a very goal-oriented person. And, I finally realized I am an ambitious person.
I guess I never considered myself ambitious since I did not pursue the things most ambitious and “successful” people pursue – a lucrative career, economic and social status, etc. My ambitions are much more personal and modest.
A few days ago my sister Melissa and I were talking about my current life situation. You see, my husband Carl is unemployed and has been for almost four months.
Now, before you say “Oh my goodness, that is terrible!”, let me just say, yes, it is. And no, it isn’t.
It is scary. Sometimes terrifying. Everyday we live with a new stress and anxiety. But.
But, I guess I am a crazy optimist, because I still see the good that comes with this. For example, we have done OK financially thanks to a savings plan for just such an event. We know we have family we can depend on, and will never be faced with the prospect of living on the street. Right now I am grateful we are paying our bills. And I am grateful we have options. If needed, I could get full-time work and keep us afloat.
The other positive to this situation, is that it is forcing us from our comfort zone and forcing us to look at the big picture. Our original plan when we bought this house four and half years ago was to reevaluate our plan after five years. So here we are, heading into five years and reevaluating.
“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
~ Nathaniel Brandon
If we move to southwest Virginia where we want to be anyway, and downsize, what kind of life can we create? Besides working at a government job with a long commute just for the health and retirement benefits and getting older and “waiting to live”, what would Carl really like to be doing?
“Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.”
~ Katherine Mansfield
These are the questions we are asking, and we are slowly seeing a way out and new options that were not visible to us five years ago. Or even five months ago.
Now, I wonder, how does change affect you? Do you set goals for yourself? Do you have the confidence that you can make good things happen in your life if you try?
Here’s to a happy 2014!