The Light at the End of the Tunnel

911-McGinleyLife at times can certainly be a real struggle. There have been times in my own life where I remember coming very close to hitting rock bottom when all of a sudden something inside of me woke up to realize that I have the strength to find my way back. There were times where I worked three meager jobs and found very little sleep just to pay the rent at the end of the month. I delivered pizza’s, worked as a roofer’s helper and landscaped. There was even a time where I picked trash and sold stuff at flea markets on the weekends to make an extra few dollars. We had very little and every dollar had a specific responsibility attached to it.

This was not only a valuable learning period for me, but also an opportunity to network. I worked hard, showed up on time and proved my honesty. These things don’t go unnoticed and eventually other job opportunities came my way.

Today is see more and more individuals relying on money supplied through our government and it makes me sad to think that these same individuals may never find their way in life. I am in no way against social programs funded by taxpayers as they can act as a buffer to get folks through some hard times. But it should never be something that a young person who is able to work should find themselves dependent on.

I keep hearing that the world has changed since I was a young man, but I tend to believe that somethings haven’t changed throughout history. There are many businesses searching for good workers who are willing to meet the challenges set before them. Things don’t change overnight and trust is hard to earned, but through hard work and dedication it is possible to discover that their is light at the end of the tunnel.

The first step is to understand that you have nothing. You are entitled to nothing and anywhere you want to go has to earned. This is all about you and only you finding your way through life and you are at the first stage. You have basic needs like shelter, food and water and these things are the one’s you must strive for. A good used bicycle should support your transportation needs until you move on to the next stages of your life. Believe in yourself and your abilities to get through this tough stage in your life. Be patient and learn every lesson that life throws your way for it is the backbone to the person you are to become.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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13 Responses to The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. Jo says:

    Your life is a testament and gives valuable voice to your words. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. kimberlysmyth says:

    My children as well could benefit from these wise words, think I’ll pass it on!

  3. I think many of us don’t realize how lucky they are, mainly because they don’t know it any better. We, you and me, were raised in a time were people could still remember WWII. There wasn’t anything to waste, there were no handout’s. This has changed. I think many (not all) believe today that the world owes them.

  4. James says:

    Over the years, I’ve worked all kinds of jobs to make ends meet rather than go on the dole. It’s not easy. There was a time I changed careers and was both working full time and going to uni full time. I barely saw my family. I worked, ate, studied, and slept (all too little sleep). But not only did things work out, but I was an example to my children how to work hard and succeed. Not much of that in our world today.

  5. Davina Lyons says:

    Going to share this with my son whose 18! It’s time! While he plans for the NEW 1st car with no money for a down payment (entitled generation). Thanks!

  6. I have always done what it takes. At one time I was a legal secretary, part time cocktail waitress, and typed papers for college students… and checked their grammar free. All to put tires on my junker car and… saved up for a house down payment. A very modest house in a poor neighborhood. I replaced broken windows, painted inside and out, and grew a garden from seeds. I could make the payment from one job. I still typed for college students but gave up cocktail waitressing. In the end I did fine, but times are hard again. My son has no college debt and that helps my grandchildren. I am retired on 5 acres in the mountains and shifting to pioneer mode. I still work, but directly for myself. I can produce my own food and am back to building modest housing without a mortgage this time… like my dad and grad father did.

    • This sound pretty incredible Rebecca. I will be writing many future posts on the subject of urban survival and have thought a lot about purchasing a little property in the mountains just in case.

      • Sweet. My experience in urban areas was that poorer neighborhoods look better for survival because the people help each other more. Old houses have bigger yards for gardening. I shared produce from my garden and neighbors helped with my car maintenance kind of thing. Good luck!

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