I used to complain about my bad timing. People with my degree went to work in Wall Street firms. They worked two or three years and made great money. Unfortunately, when I graduated the matrix of certainty had been broken by a market crash. The jobs that were supposed to be there weren't there. When they returned four years later they went to younger faces.
I met the same people who lived the life that was supposed to be mine. I remember my friends who graduated a few years before me telling me about my bad timing. The mighty have fallen on bad times and the dream jobs disappeared. Their marriages and dreams crumbled as a way of life disappeared.
Of course we tend to think of the unemployed factory worker. Yet in many ways the unemployed factory worker has it easier. He can retrain and drive a truck and is skilled by life to take what he can find.
After a year out of work and no hope of resuming a career some of these people I looked up to and idolized have been humbled. They have an abundance of time and it is not a blessing.
It seems that at this juncture my timing is not so bad after all. I tried talking to these friends but they lack the resourcefulness that was forced on me by timing. I hope the economy gets better, but the reality is those jobs may be lost for ever. The ones that will remain will go to ambitious college grads with better timing.
I guess it is all about perspective. I wish these friends were not hurting, but staying home is worse. If you can read this and you are impacted by the economy invest in yourself. Take this opportunity to learn to drive a truck and have something to fall back on. Do not stay home because the longer you do the less likely you are to ever return to work.
The economy is bad and I have met Wall Street workers now driving cabs.
Hope begins with you, but you must get outside. Staying at home and feeling sorry for yourself is an rx for trouble.
The economy is real bad. We can not blame all of it on Obama. However, instead of talking about costly idiotic health plans, we should be talking about jobs.
Maybe my timing wasn't so bad after all.