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Whole New Meaning To Mid-Life Crisis

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posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:04 PM
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I don't mind telling you I am in my 40's. I get up go to work, come home do my chores, go to bed, get up, go to work, come home... you get my meaning. I bust my butt as I know we all do, and yet I can't afford anymore to do much else. Gas is anywhere from 3.90 to 4.20 a gallon around here and of course going to the grocery these days nearly causes a coronary. Wanna know why Americans are fat? Its cheaper to grab a burger than it is a salad! The healthier something is, the more is costs!

I am tired to the point of exhaustion.

I am angry that these oil companies reportedly raked in BILLIONS in profits in the first quarter.Just line us all up and punch us in the face why don't they! I am angry that I am paying more in the store and getting less for my hard earned money! I am angry that we go and blow other countries to pieces and then give them millions of dollars of our hard earned money, to rebuild! WTH! I am angry that people don't work, claim they can't and get free medical care, housing, education and whatever else they can get, when some of them are just as able bodied as the rest of us! If you can fish all day, you can work!

I am angry that I feel HELPLESS to do anything about any of it!

This is getting to me and I wonder how many of you are feeling weighed down by the current state of things. What are you feeling? Anger, depression, confusion, fear, a combination of emotions? Talking about it has to help, right? We are basically all on the same sinking ship are we not!




posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:15 PM
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When you say it out loud like that it really makes you think.

It's funny that now you can look back on the good ole days when a mid life crisis was about unfulfilled dreams of being a sports hero, a receding hairline and coming to grips with aging in general.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:17 PM
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Originally posted by Greenize
Wanna know why Americans are fat? Its cheaper to grab a burger than it is a salad! The healthier something is, the more is costs!
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This is getting to me and I wonder how many of you are feeling weighed down by the current state of things. What are you feeling? Anger, depression, confusion, fear, a combination of emotions? Talking about it has to help, right? We are basically all on the same sinking ship are we not!


I know the $1 double burger is an evil cheap thing when you're in a rush. I'm trying to grow some of my own veggies this year to offset the grocery costs. Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and a basic cooking herb section
I bought loofah seeds but I don't think I can get away with that in the desert. I don't know if you have a patio (container gardening) or backyard but I always felt accomplished when I grew veggies as a kid maybe you can take up gardening as a money saving & stress relieving hobby?

and to your questions: The price at the pump hurts and I wish there was more effective public transportation so I could use it instead. Feeling....a combo of what you put but you missed one in there which is hope for the future that things will work themselves out. *hug* to you because you sound like you need one right now
I hope things get better for you.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:21 PM
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Yeah and buying a motorcycle! LOL It just seems that we are being bombarded with stresses! Used to be that you could throw back a couple and relax, well I live in a dry county and can't afford to waste the gas to make the run!



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:23 PM
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Aww thanks for the hug! You know what really concerns me? I see so many elderly people back in the work force, and that is the lucky ones... think of the ones that are having to choose between eating and their medications! That is just wrong in my mind! Makes me wonder what I have to look forward to in my old age!



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:23 PM
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Want to or not we are all going to have to change. Brutal? Sorry. I really am. SHTF is not just a slogan tossed about in theory.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:25 PM
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Oh I hear ya!

It is insane how the healthy so called all natural items are more than the over processed crap out there. I can go to Wendy's and get a burger, fries and a coke for 3 bucks and some change but I would much rather make my own meals that are healthier but it cost an arm and a leg to buy groceries anymore. I LOVE apples and I paid just about a dollar the other day for one of the smallest apples I have ever seen. I use to get nice big ones for half that, everything has gone up in price!

I love chicken, could eat it every day but honestly I can't afford it much anymore. It's almost 10 bucks for a pound here. I remember when I could get three breasts in a pack for maybe 4 dollars.


I don't really go anywhere either although I did go out of town last week to see my bf but that was planned and I saved but it should have cost me a fraction of what it did to go! Don't get me wrong i had a great time and would't trade it for anything but what I spent all weekend on food and activities cost less than what it cost me in gas to drive there, which was only 6hrs...crazy! Yet those greedy oil execs are flying around in their private jets going wherever they want and they don't care about gas costs, they got billions!



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:26 PM
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Yeah I feel you on this bud. Though I am not really fearful of current events (perhaps I am or not) I've been slowly and surely been assimilating myself with my daily routines. To the point where I have accepted I have become a drone in a physical sense.

Though my body takes a beating from my hectic retail job (lifting 50 to 70 lb boxes, restocking inventory, clean up messes, help customers) my mind turns on and I begin to think ... sometime incoherently but have had allot of interesting conversations with my inner self


Sounds crazy then again what is crazy?

And so I get lost in deep (probably totally wrong and misguided) philosophies to the point where I really just lose track of time (time is an illusion by the way) and work ends quickly.

I know the world is in chaos, so I accept it. Not to the point where it gets me down but to the point where I really have to accept it to keep myself balanced or suffer depression.

The whole world is off balance, including you and me. Good change may or may not happen but ... who knows?

No one knows and yet people think they know. Socrates said it best, " I know that I don't know."

Bah, I'm babbling to myself. Sorry.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:27 PM
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I agree! I have dropped my satellite service, got on cheap ole dial-up *blush*, I grow a garden every year full of veggies, even though my first one got washed away in two solid weeks of rain, I replanted. I don't go unless I have to, I use a clothes line, even though the birds like to poo on my whites! I am trying to do my part to change, its just frustrating sometimes, especially when I see people that don't work and seem to have it easier that some of us that do!
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posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:28 PM
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I'm trying to work on gaining some Equanimity because I've been down the road of getting upset about what I observe in the world around me these days.

So I am working on observing it all but not Allowing any of it to get under my skin. Since I am intent on becoming master of my self I think it important not to React, but instead to find the balance within and then choose my actions and responses.

It comes down to what you can Effect and what you must allow to happen.

So look for what you can change in the world around you, and forget about what you cannot change and let that work its way to its natural conclusion as it should for now.

It's all about what you Focus your Attention on.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:29 PM
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This is getting to me and I wonder how many of you are feeling weighed down by the current state of things. What are you feeling? Anger, depression, confusion, fear, a combination of emotions? Talking about it has to help, right? We are basically all on the same sinking ship are we not!


My lady, you know how they say anger is a choice ? I've never believed that.Never will.
I have felt nothing but anger and contempt for our govt. since JFK was gunned down in Dallas. The day socialism
took over completely via the shadow govt. The only reason there can be for all the constent lieing. A socialist govt. that hasn't come out of the closet yet.

Oh and I was only four yrs old when JFK was shot. I know where you are coming from, but you arn't even half way there.



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posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:36 PM
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Babble on, that is what I was doing! In my mind things are twisted... I grew up in a you don't work, you don't eat kind of world... now you work and you can afford to eat or anything else. Out of kilter for sure!



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:39 PM
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Originally posted by Greenize
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... think of the ones that are having to choose between eating and their medications! That is just wrong in my mind!


I have family that are pharmacists and that is something they had to face at work a lot I can't even imagine what it's like for them now, very very sad. I think it was told to me growing up as "we have people who come in and have to decide if they are going to fill their prescription they need to live or buy food for their family for the week." it still makes me teary to think about it.



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:46 PM
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Its heartbreaking to say the least! My grandmother, rest her soul, was widowed, she was in her 70's and worked sitting with an elderly lady ( I know right)... she went and tried to get some assistance, and she was sent a check for eight dollars. Being the spunky little thing that she was, she put it in a envelope and mailed it back, telling them what they could do with their 8 dollars. She grew up picking cotton, she retired from the school, where she cooked for years.. and 8 bucks was the best they could do for her... that is just wrong!



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:49 PM
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I'm in my late forties... and sometimes wonder if it si suppose to be this hard.

Then, I look back at my parents...my grandparents... and think of all the things they had to deal with when they were in their forties.

My folks had to deal with the recession of the late '70s and rising gas prices and gas shortages and high inflation and interests rates and layoffs and cuts in work hours.

My grand parents had to deal with the Great Depression and WWII and 9 children on one side, 16 children on the other and near starvation, no electricity, cooking on wood fires and water drawn from a well... one pair of shoes a year, getting up before dawn just to bring in wood, start the woodstove, milk the cow for milk and butter, harness the plow mules...just so they could eat breakfast....work all day till dark, then go to bed....

When I feel down on life or myself, I promptly kick myself in the backside and readjust my attitude...my life is easy compared to their means of living. The burdens I carry are of my own making and are insignificant to what they bore in their lifetimes.

Consider a paradigm shift and focus on your blessings.... focus on what is good in your life. if something needs changing, what can you do....what are your options? What dramatic change do you need to make?

Relocate?...downsize... change in profession?...change in values? What's holding you back from being happy?



posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:52 PM
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Very good points! I do try to count my blessings, as I am well aware that I could certainly have it much worse. But God knows we sure could have it better if it wasn't for stupidty on the part of our government and corporate greed!



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 12:02 AM
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Though that is fine and dandy, it really doesn't matter considering the fact we're hitting that decline in our cycles AGAIN (we never learned from our past mistakes?!) and though it may have not have been bad like in the past just remember one thing...

Some one or some group of people out there in the world right now are suffering much much more worse than you or your grandparents have ever endured.

Call me a bleeding hearted person, but I cannot sit still without squirming in my comfortable chair in my quirky little apartment when people are suffering.

And all for the sake of money or progress or maintaining a way of life.

Of course, humans are adaptive creatures and will only respond when it directly affects them.

But, again, I accept the absurdity of it all, even myself.
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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 12:05 AM
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I agree and thank you for saying that! I needed to hear it! I admit that compared to others my life is probably a cushy one! I do hate any suffering of my fellow human beings!



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 12:07 AM
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I couldn't agree with you more...unfortunately, the monetary policies of our leaders will only magnify the pain we feel. Wait until the dollar goes belly up... just read an article about double digit inflation is here now, and hyperinflation may be on the way.

What I am doing is trying to be proactive. This does empower me and gives some security to my family. We moved to the country 10 years ago to deal with the scenario our country is now facing....and folks said I was crazy then....wish I had been. We also garden/ farm raising the bulk of our food...and we try to be as frugal ( cheap) as we can be.

Whatever you can do to give you a sense of empowerment....true independence will bring a sense of self satisfaction.

My wife reminds me how I used to wonder what my parents went through in the depression...she says..."Now you know." Am I made of the same stuff as they were...do I have the intestinal fortitude to face abject poverty and desperation...and somehow eake out a living?

Will our children call us "The Greatest Generation?"



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 12:42 AM
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Our neighbors are our allies. Sharing is our future if not yet our present. Inspire them and let them teach you.
Soon, all around you will need you more as you will need them. Organize locally. You sound to me as if you are moving in a productive direction. We all need to keep at it. Congratulations on your gardening.




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