I’m not talking about trivial things like styling my hair or picking up the newspaper from the driveway before leaving for the day.
I’m talking about the major things in life.
For the last few days, there has been a serious revaluation of finances and employment options. I don’t mean the simple new year reevaluation, this is life changing reevaluation. What am I going to do next reevaluation.
The government shutdown has a direct effect on my world. My first paycheck missed has passed and Congress is no closer to a resolution. Part of why a position as that is accepted is 1. for the benefits, and 2. the security of a guaranteed paycheck. Guess what? no guaranteed paycheck.
Today, before work (because even though they will be on site we were told we would not be allowed to go do it) I get to apply for food stamps. Tomorrow, I get to apply for utility assistance so my gas and electric will stay on. Then, I get to see about finding assistance for my mortgage. All while still working a full-time job with the promise that we might be paid sometime in the future.
Why do I continue to go in?
Morals. I have them. Safety in the United States is important to me. I believe in my position.
At what point is enough enough?
That question each person has to decide for themselves. Perhaps, it’s finally the time to find a new way, this just may be the kick in the backside that’s needed.