Susandennis wrote about a book she’s reading on her Kindle that is about Boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials growing up and looking back at expectations met and unmet.The gist was many people when they are young see many possibilities, but then realizing one day you realize you are no longer a young anything. The author, according to Susan seems to be looking back with a lot of regret (the author is in her 40’s).
Anyway, that got me thinking about that and my own life and I realize that not everyone learns from their mistakes made when younger, and keep making the same mistakes as they get older. Still others, like me are now wising up and leering from our mistakes now and making decisions that we could not have made years earlier. It comes from having lived life the hard way, through unemployment, loss of family, or in low paying jobs where you just barely make ends meet, but soon realize why, and work to get yourself OUT of said situation. That is my situation now, learning how to better manage my finances from mistakes I made earlier in life. Part of why is now I have to rely on ME to rectify that mistake, and with Mom gone (not an event I expected have happen when it did), but with her gone, I am left to rectify my OWN mistakes. This means I have been making even wiser choices with the options I have, or had before me to be where I am today, improving my credit score and all that.
What also saddens me are those who seem to feel they can’t change their situation, and I see this with at least one co-worker who feels he’s “too old” to change and has been with our employer for at least 9 years, if not longer than that. Today, he has a girlfriend, has child support, and makes the same amount I do in terms of the hourly pay, and I just don’t know HOW he does it, but he preservers, and yet, won’t do anything to make any changes in his life to better it financially. He’s I think 40 now, or close to it, by the way. He’s not the only one, lots of people feel they can’t change their situation, so don’t, and thus never seem to amount to much, except exist.
Anyway, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want to affect change in your life, you gotta get off your butt and DO something about it or life, and opportunities will pass you by.