March 07, 2009
The View From Your Recession
Back in 1999, I was earning a decent salary (about 60k a year) and had good career prospects at a major daily newspaper. Then, pre-millennial angst crept in: Is this all there is to life? So, I cashed in my savings and dropped out. I moved to Paris, I worked with an art project, I wrote a couple of books, I spent time living in Beijing and on the Greek Islands.
My philosophy was that the one thing a person can’t afford in life is regret and this mantra carried me off on adventures I couldn’t have even imagined back when I was slogging away at the newspaper. The doubts and panic started last year. I am worth nothing: no assets and a bank balance that rises into four digits on only the rarest of occasions. I find myself approaching 40, a less romantic age to live hand-to-mouth. And then my girlfriend became pregnant. All of a sudden, I was sneaking longing glances at those who had stayed in the game and had pensions, homes, and the wherewithal to give their children a decent start in life. I became very very nervous…
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Tracked on Mar 8, 2009 7:32:13 AM
My sentiments entirely. I did exactly the same and am now penniless with no pension, social security and similar protection, including health care. But I wouldn't change it if I rewound the clock 30 years.
Posted by: Web Design Bangkok at Mar 9, 2009 5:24:40 AM
While its nice that your comfortble and have no regrets, some of us are hard hit.
has proposed drug testing people who file unemployment claims.
Can we spread this around and possibly spank him before something like this takes hold.
I paid into the system and no one gave a dang if I was stoned or not. And now that I might need to get some back they want to set conditions.
Is this even legal?
Posted by: IXLNXS at Mar 9, 2009 9:51:42 AM
Excellent post. Happy Purim
Posted by: Jeff at Mar 9, 2009 5:25:52 PM