I am 47. I have been on my own since I was 13. 10 years ago I was making upwards of $100,000. Since then, I have been lucky to make $15,000. Last year...lol Including 6 months of unemployment and 6 months at a minimum wage job...I grossed $11,500.
I was laid off in September '08. My daughter has had to help me with groceries. I do feel fortunate enough to have found a nice place in Cali for only $600 a month. No car payment. But I can't afford my tags. So every trip I take I am paranoid about getting stopped by the police.
I don't have anyone around for backup, with the exception of my daughter....she is only 22 and hurting for work just like everyone else. It is humiliating for me to even speak to my daughter and ask for help. She has been so good about it....always encouraging.
Count your blessings, my friend. You have people around that care about you and are willing to help. Of all the things in the world I would have never even thought of.....was my pride taking such a toll on my health. I literally made myself sick. Couldn't get out of bed and truly asked the heaven's above to just take me away.
Then one day I realized that I do have A LOT to be thankful for. It is not the best place to be in.....but right now, I have everything I need to get through this very rough time. I picked my dragging ass up and forged ahead. I have been out of work for 7 months and my only interviews have ended disastrously because I was not bilingual....lol
Forget all that. I have applied to EVERY job that I come across whether it is even remotely in my field or not. Finally. Today. I got a call from a great company. Close to home. The biggest shock...on the app when I said I work for $10 an hour....The woman during my telephone interview....lol....told me, well this position pays more than that. WHAT??? I sent up a quick prayer and a hallelujah! Maybe...just maybe....THIS IS MY TIME.
Climbing back up the hill is always harder after you have fallen off. I can truly appreciate every thing in my life much more now, than I did when I was making $100,000 and had NO appreciation for anything.
Keep your head up......you haven't lost.....you have gained.