Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 3:44:10 AM
The thought of money, oh how it makes me happy. Money allows us to buy food, water, shelter, clothes, accessories, and just about everything else. Some of us like to save it, others spend it. Personally, I like to save it. People think I’m to tight, saving every dime I get, but I think it’s smart. Just knowing I have money for when I need it gives me a sense of freedom and independence. Too many have come to me and asked for money so they can buy food, and other basic needs. They have spent their money and are now stressing out over something they probably could of avoided. Now, they are caught up in someone else’s generosity. By saving, you allow yourself to be independent.
Having a disability, my independence is limited. I need special equipment to do day-to-day things. Special equipment isn’t cheap! Sometimes insurance pays for it all, but sometimes my family has to pay a percentage, and rarely, all of it. What happens when my family can’t pay for it? I need this equipment. I don’t ever want to rely on the generosity of someone else. That would take any independence I have away. My saved money would go towards necessary equipment when I need it most. When I'm older, getting and holding a job will be quite difficult. This is a scary thing. How will I support my self? The government does give money to those who need it, but it’s not enough. I can’t have a job and get help from the government, I would make too much. I will pretty much be stuck in a groove. I save money so when the day comes, at least I will have a little money to live off of, until I can come up with an action plan…if I don’t already have one.
Like many kids, I am involved in a sport, but my sport is for the physically disabled; Power Soccer. Power Soccer is played in power wheelchairs on a basketball court. Power Soccer is much more than a game; it’s a gateway for lifelong friendships. Unfortunately, in order to play games and create friendships, athletes have to travel across the country due to the lack of teams in any one city. This is very expensive. The wheelchairs used are a special kind of chair with special equipment mounted on. We put a metal guard on the front of the chair so we can hit the ball (it’s a foul if you touch the ball with your body). We play with a soccer ball that is bigger than average ball. Between travel and equipment, the expenses add up fast. I plan on staying involved for a while, so I save money to ensure I can.
Saving money for my future is important to me. The money I save now could very well end up saving my life…even if it is just a dime!