I just finished watching the end of the Winter Olympics on my TiVo, and I was struck by something. These athletes are inspiring not because they can go fast on snow, but because they did not focus on the fact that they were too short or too skinny, that practicing every day is really hard, or that not enough people watch their sport. They achieve excellence because they know what they want and they are not afraid to work for it.
Right now there seems to be a trend towards books like ‘Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead‘ and ‘Generation Debt‘, about how young people have it so rough – what with credit card companies throwing money at us, high education costs, and soaring housing prices. No wonder we’re in debt. My response? Don’t Be A Victim! Yes, Social Security is gonna suck big time for us. Education is expensive, but it’s up to you to make it worth it. I can’t afford a house either, so guess what? I’m saving up for one.
Yes, life in America may be getting worse, and you may have to work harder than your parents. Deal. This why I like to read other money blogs – there are just about zero whiners and they are all about thinking up ways to make their lives better. They share experiences, provide support and encouragement to others, and even give you the occasional reality check you need.
This is not to say I’m blaming all people for being poor or in debt. Life is unfair, and stuff happens. I consider myself blessed with great parents and no tragedies endured. But dwelling on your misfortunes won’t help you solve your problems either.
Added: I knew I had read about that Strapped book somewhere before, I just couldn’t find it – check out this post at Money Musings.