My live-in boyfriend quit his job last month in the retail sector because his managers had gone completely berzerk trying to make more money and were
pushing the nightshift crew beyond decent and respectable human limits.
He had been pushed so hard, and given such irrational instructions from his employers that after a year of cycling from complete depression and
insomnia to actual physical and mental breakdown, he just walked off the job.
He's tending to his mental health as we speak, and we're running off what little money we've been able to save over the past four years....so far,
I'm disabled, but looking madly for employment I can manage. Things are tough here in the area, stores and chains are closing left and right and
there simply aren't any jobs open at the moment.
A good portion of the area is unemployed, but instead of ranting and raving over the situation, we took the time to go through our possessions and
belongings and "clear out" for charity things we no longer need/use.
Blankets, clothes, old televisions, game consoles, computers and computer parts...all taken down to the local charities.
We're weighing our purchases with greater care, and even though we never had that much to begin with, tightening our belts is no big deal. We've
both lived with little more than a backpack to our name in our twenties for several years, and we've hunkered down until this crisis is over.
We don't have much, but we have each other - and as long as we can continue to pay rent and eat at least one good meal a day - we'll be fine.
To everyone else out there in a similar position - this is a time to remember what matters most in life, turn off the television, and look for
solutions as oppossed to wallowing in the constant reminders of the problem!
Everything will be ok! Stand strong!