Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010 5:13:03 AM
I have a very complicated relationship with money. A love-hate relationship, if you will. Money can give you the tools to travel the world or confine you to one town, one home, one life. I would love to be a millionaire and be able to go into a store and buy whatever my big, retail-grubber heart desires, but that’s not how life works. You have to work hard; extra hard if you’re born into a rich family.
Just about every minute of my life is spent worrying and dreaming over money. In the morning I wish I had a personal chef who’d make me whatever I wanted for breakfast: bacon, Belgian waffles, fresh squeezed orange juice, fruits. Then while I’m walking in the rain and snow to the bus stop, I’m wishing I had a personal driver or my own car. In class and walking down the hallways of my huge school, I look at my fellow classmates’ clothing and wish I could own half of what I see. A girl can never have enough pairs of shoes, you know.
When I get home I want more rich foods and don’t feel like doing homework. I want to jump in a big princess style bed in a room with a big screen TV and a mini-fridge. But all I have is a small room with a small bed and no television.
I’m a teen so of course I’m becoming independent. The first step to independence is money. You need to be able to take care of yourself and support yourself. But you’re living with your parents so your first few years are buying what you want. You still have your parents taking care of you, if you’re lucky. But with the economic depression going on right now and the limitations of finding a job with the right hours and distance, it’s nearly impossible to find a job.
On top of that, if you’re parents don’t have money you have to worry about college. How will you pay during college and afterwards if you have to take out loans? How will you live? How will you support yourself and not have a mental breakdown? Do you even want to go to college and have to worry about all this stuff?
It’s a lie that no one is born with a silver spoon in their mouth. It’s a lie that luck doesn’t exist. It’s a lie that hard work always pays off. It’s a lie that practice that perfect. It’s a le that life is fair. It’s true that money makes the world go round.