Times are rough. Many people are unemployed. I will not get political today as I tend to switch sides on this issue. However, there is a large group of people who don’t get counted in the statistics of the unemployed. These are the people who are working for less money than they made in years, or working less hours in a job they are overqualified for. Some stats call them underemployed. The unemployed call them “lucky to be working.” I can understand everybody’s frustration. I have been on both sides of the situation and they both stink.
The problem is we all want to live in a nice house in a good neighborhood. We want our kids to go to the best school district. We want nice cars and manicured lawns and big tent parties to celebrate little Timmy’s confirmation. We want to have more than our parents and their parents had so we can say “see? I did good.” We want I-Phones and I-Pads and to be able to feel secure enough to walk into the boss at that job we hate and say I-Quit. But we can’t. We have to keep up the expectations that others put on us.
Nobody wants to lower their expectations or their status, so we lie to everyone. We buy things we can’t afford so nobody will know we are struggling. The pressure to keep up with the Joneses is not as big as the pressure to pretend we are keeping up with the Joneses.
Living a life of illusion. No sense in complaining. We would be complaining to people who are in the same sinking boat as us, or the ones who wish they were in the same sinking boat.
The worse part is, it’s high tide and there is no lifeguard on duty.
His job was cut last week.
Daily Theme Song:
Joe Walsh – Life Of Illusion http://youtu.be/_tiOMu_Bf8Q