Last night we had the last debate and I did not see much because I was working. When I got home, all I saw on Facebook were comments from one side or the other. And the one thing that always comes back at this time of the year is “are you better off than four years ago?” comments.
I am sick of hearing this stuff. And I will tell you why. I have never depended on any politician for anything. Whether I was still in Puerto Rico, in Virginia, Maryland or Florida. I have always done what I want to do and made my way as best as I could. When my daughter was young, a career was not as important as making sure that she knew she could count on me. Now, she is turning 21 next month, and I don’t have to worry about her so much. I can concentrate on my own pursuits.
This is what people don’t understand. The media is not all to blame for the economy, and neither are the politicians. It is up to each and every one of us to make a decision about what we want and how to get it. If you want to listen to the media or follow the politicians, that is your decision too. If you want to use that as an excuse to not accomplish much in your life, that is on you also.
After watching all the stupidity from one side and the other, I posted the following comment: “I am so sick of this. You know where I was four years ago? I did not have a job. Two years ago, I was making $9 an hour, had lost my house and I was feeding two more with govt assistance. Now, we are both employed full-time and we are having a really great time. Get it through your head, no political leader is going to make your economy, YOU ARE. In the end, they are all the same and neither one is going to change your personal circumstances. I hate to break it to you, that job is all yours”.
I stand by what I said. When I got here three years ago, I did not have a car, I was loosing my house back on the island, and we were surviving on about $2400 a month. I did not have a car so that income was divided between the island and here. Then, when my partner moved up here, he had no job, and I was making $9 an hour. We ate with food stamps and we survived as best as we could. Eventually, he got a part-time job. Now, we both work full-time and my daughter has a part-time job. We are not millionaires. The only big bill we have is the car we were able to purchase. And you know what? I am very proud of what I accomplished. I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve. And I am very proud to say that we are not in any kind of public assistance.
So what about you? Are you waiting for some politician to give you a job? Are you expecting the media to give you a rosier picture? Or are you perfectly aware that they all thrive on negativity because that is what sells and they don’t have much to talk about otherwise. Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.
Aviddiva, for the Diva in All of Us.