When I read this on Twitter I immediately jumped at the opportunity to share it with my network as it hits very close to home. I've been through my own "hell" and it has taught me to be, well, prepared.
I moved to California during the summer of 2007 with no job opportunity and maybe $500 to my name. I was so excited to finally be where I had dreamed of so many times but that excitement soon faded and anxiety settled in. I was pretty good about spending my money but I knew I needed to find a job in order to take care of myself if the situation I was in didn't work out and/or to help pay for my share of things. Did I ever get that job? No. I can't remember going on many interviews because my anxiety was so bad that I would walk into places and walk right back out without speaking to anyone. Needless to say bad, bad, BAD times hit…
Never in a million years did I think I would be jobless for so long.
Never in a million years did I think I would ever be homeless.
Never in a million years did I think I would be jobless AND homeless.
Never in a million years did I think I would be so far from everything I knew, with almost nothing to hold on to or keep me going.
Never in a million years did I think I could be so stupid and irresponsible.
But that was then, and this is now.
Now, whenever I think about spending a lot of money on rubbish, I weigh the consequences. Sometimes I still spend it and others I put that amount into my savings account for a rainy day. Because I know I will probably go through another hard time and I have learned the importance of being prepared.
I can't even tell you how many times I think about what happened back then. I know that looking to the past may not be the best idea but I believe there are times you should reflect. You know... those years taught me some of the biggest lessons I've ever learned. Each time I think back I remember something new… and I am that much more grateful for all I have today. That, and I am also happy to able to share my experiences with others in hopes I can shed some light on what to do next.
If you're going through a rough time in your life, it will get better if you can hold on. And if you're smart, you will take as many lessons away from that experience and learn to be as prepared as you can for anything. Because anything can, and will, happen!