25 years. Over the past 25 years the cost of a stamp has more than doubled, the 76ers were consistently awful (except for those few years they had Iverson, but he was never really a team player anyway…) and the compact disc has given way to the mp3. As of April 2008, the US federal debt has crept over $9.5 trillion dollars, and to put that unrealistic number into perspective, that is about $31,000 of debt for each and every US resident. The most current numbers for average income are from 2006, during which time the average household income rose to about $48,200, mostly due to inflation and weakening of the US dollar.
For my birthday all I want is to stop feeling anxious; to stop thinking about the soldiers dying every day so oil men and private contractors can get rich, to stop thinking about the present farce known as a presidential election, to stop thinking about the fact that our government somehow thinks its ok to keep printing more money when faced with an economic fallout of epic proportions, to stop thinking about the fact that I should start saving for my retirement now as social security will be long gone by the time I am able to retire at 85, to stop thinking about the financial burden I would be placing on my family should I become ill – as I am presently self-employed and unable to afford health insurance, to stop thinking about the fact that we have become a worldwide joke.
If nothing else, over the past 25 years, I have learned that your present situation is ultimately a result of your actions and attitude. If you want to be obsessed with money, work a dead end job, and end up living your days as a miserable skeleton of a person, that is where you will be. If you want to find a profession you love, and deal with the sacrifices that come with pursuing your dreams, that is where you will be. So while our country may not be the utopian wonderland we all want it to be, you do have control over your own life. Your destiny is what you make it, and no one knows (no, not even Sylvia Browne) how many quarter centuries they will have in their lifetime, so you better make the most of where you are at today, even if it means paying $4.00 a gallon for gas.
Time for some Tastykakes and Herr’s chips:)