Signs of the times
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Are you stressed by what's happening to America's economy? I am, and it has affected me more adversely than I thought it could, especially considering there isn't a single thing I can do about it. When I start worrying, I start wanting to eat. I never thought of myself as an emotional eater, but I find that I really am.
I am a teacher/librarian who will be looking at retirement in a few years. I haven't had a raise in eight (yes, eight) years. I've seen my money buy less and less every year. There are only two people in my household, and the grocery bills are astronomical for us. I wonder how people with growing children feed their families.
Now, with the fall of investment houses, I am worried about my little nest egg. I don't know how much of it I have lost just in the last week. I feel so powerless, and I find that I'm angry about how things are working out.
I thought I was doing all of the right things, and I find out that the people I trusted most with my money didn't respect that trust. Now it seems that I have to pay even more, through taxes, to make sure they can stay in business.
I want to eat, to try to fill that empty feeling in my stomach and in my life. I really love my job, and I am so grateful that I have it. That's what I'm trying to focus on most. When I see the news, though, it's hard not to want to run out and buy a bag of chips to calm the gnawing concern.