Making Adjustments To Reality, It's For The Best.
Think back to your life of ten years ago. If you are like me, then you were busy working your tail off in the rush rush world, and you were forever trying to keep up with the economic progress of your more successful friends. Sure, I know that not everyone was wrapped up in that nonsense that we call "keeping up with the jones';" but I was.
I was forever wanting that newer, better, bigger pickup truck; a more beautiful lady friend than my friends had, and most important of all, a bigger paycheck. America, it seemed to me, would never become much different, there'd always be lots of work to do, and lots of money to be made. Of course things have changed for America economically, and I suspect that they'll continue changing in exactly the same direction.
I don't know where you live, or what kind of home you grew up in; and it's really probably not important for a comparison between you and I to exist for you to concur with me in the notion that most of the people around us all were competing with each other, and altogether wrapped up in materialism. Perhaps this is still true, but I'm largely out of that rat race. I'm learning new things, sure; and we all should be for our entire lives. But I'm learning to appreciate the little things more now, the things I didn't even seem to notice before.
Now I didn't watch the Obama State Of The Union speech a week or so ago, but I had a friend brief me on the thing. I have a very low opinion of the presidents personhood, but a high degree of admiration for his oratory abilities. He can lie like no other, and folks believe him. All the money those big banks and corporations spent on him was well worth it for them, I'm certain of that. Here's the thing, in the speech, the P.O.T.U.S., I'm told, said something to the effect of this:
"All those factory jobs, the jobs that people in small town and larger town America thought of as their birthright, those are all gone forever."
This is undoubtedly true, and Obama helped to make certain that it is true. I'm not going to worry about it, I've adapted already, I'm used to living with less, and I now appreciate the little that I have much more than the abundance that I'd had ten years ago. I used to go to restaurants with co-workers years ago, and it was not uncommon to see folks leave half of their overpriced plate of food untouched. Now, to me, and perhaps to you as well, this was something that was always shameful. I'm happy to say that in our current economic climate, there's going to be a whole lot less food thrown into dumpsters.
GET YOUR HUSTLE ON!
Following the realistic and depressing statement that our factory jobs were gone forever; the President then went on to address what we could do, and he'd pointed towards the success story of Facebook, and internet innovation. He'd made a great point there, there's so many things that we can all do to save money and make money that we were ignoring as a people. I think what we'll see is that a lot of us have to diversify our means of income. We in the article marketing game have already realized this, we are ahead of the curve.
I'm reminded of the time I spent a week or so in Monterrey Mexico; the wealthiest city in that nation. What I saw there was that most every residence that I entered was also a store. Everyone had things for sale and on displays in what would best be described as the foyer to their homes. These were smaller rooms than the living quarters, and it's not that the people who lived there were counting on sales from their foyer displays to get them by economically; it's that they'd long ago learned to diversify their means of income. While we Americans might find ourselves working the same amount of hours to make our living, we'll probably all be doing with less, and stretching the lives of products out more. This is proper. This is good. We live on a planet where petrodollars are the base of every major economy, and petroleum is a very finite resource that we've been blowing through far too quickly.
While I'll never agree with any arrangement in which the rich become increasingly wealthy and the poor increasingly poor, I do think that the average American can benefit from the economic slowdown, and slow his or her self down, and smell the proverbial roses. We've still much to do, and much to appreciate, and now, I appreciate what I have much, much more than I ever did before.