I HAVE been noticing the things on the news lately. More banks are out of business, the Fed is "riding to the rescue" (yeah, right, like that is gonna work) and basically things are going down the tubes here in the good old US of A really quick.
A part of me is terrified. I drive through my town, a town not too badly hit by the housing bubble collapse because it never got involved in the whole "development craze", and see houses for sale that have been on the market for months and will most likely stay on the market for months more. I know folks who have lost their houses in this. I see rising prices for food/gas/everything else and I wonder how much longer I will be able to afford many of the minor luxuries in my life.
On the other hand, a part of me is fascinated in a completely detached way. I am living in historic times. This next presidential election will be groundbreaking, with either our first non~white President or our first female VP in office. Lifestyles will be changing, and economic conditions are already being likened to the Great Depression.
On a semi~funny side note, I used to have an elderly client who would tell me and anyone else who would listen that "what kids need these days is a Depression". Too bad she isn't alive anymore to see her get her wish, huh? Gosh, I miss her.
I am so interested to see how things fall out over the next few years. The answer is so simple and straight~forward in my mind, but so few seem to agree with me. I am not so concerned about myself or my family, because I feel confident that (barring worst WORST case scenarios) we will be alright. I know what the necessities of life are (here's a hint....cable isn't on the list) and I feel fairly confident that I and my family will be able to provide them. It may be different, and it may be difficult, but I have no fear that we won't be able to make it through.
I am worried about the rest of the country, though. Heck, I am worried about the rest of the world for that matter. It is kind of like watching the mythological Lemming Mass Suicide. There are so many people who just don't know what to do about the "State of the Union" so they just keep on doing the same old thing. They don't bother to make the simple changes in their lives that might make all the difference in the way things will turn out in their own personal story. And so, one by one, I expect they will soon be throwing themselves off the proverbial Cliffs of Doom into the Sea of Financial Ruin, Starvation, and Death by Exposure.
So. If you don't notice that I am spending all my time talking about it here it's not that I am not aware of the situation. I am just sitting back and watching to see which way the cards will fall. Will Americans as a group get their heads out of their collective backsides and start thinking for a change? Or will one of those worst WORST case scenarios become reality.
I guess it is up to all of us to decide.