Control your own destiny? Make great decisions when you're young?
I have to put my story out there.
I was working a great job. Still somewhat check to check, but bills paid, food on the table, a little savings, and a small discretionary fund. Then someone who wanted my job spread lies, they believed it even though multiple tests proved otherwise. I can't fight it because the reason they put for my let go, is hard to disprove (slow work)
So I was forced out of work. MONTHS later, I finally get a part time gig. It's just maintenance and janitorial work, but its something. I worked myself out of a job, because I cleaned the hell out of everything, did a bunch of preventative maintenance, and now I'm only needed once a week for a couple hours. Should I have sucked at my job, and guaranteed my hours? Maybe, but its not right. Hell, last week was a 2 hour water heater install and 1 hour of that was driving to the Home Depot, and buying it.
So I've applied for a full time job. Haven't gotten it yet, might not get it.
BUT until I got the part time job, I burned through my savings like cheap pot.
Then when I got that part time job, I bought stuff for my rainwater system, fixed up the house a bit more, bought some plants and trees, drip irrigation system, searched craigslist and found a working oven, nice kitchen sink, wood fence material, insulation for an outbuilding, bought a beretta M9 and ammo. Bought LED lights for most of the house. But I DID sell one of my cars to free up a tiny bit of cash.
I do have friends who think I'm making the wrong decisions. I should bank all my money I get. I should invest it in stocks or bonds. Even just letting it sit in a savings account builds interest according to them.
But I'm securing a lifestyle here. Fruit trees, a garden, watered by free water (rainwater), using as little energy as possible, using as little water as possible. Using as little gas (natural and gasoline) as possible. Putting food and supplies away for an emergency (natural disaster, or manmade)
I'm only 27. I'm playing with the cards I was dealt. I will always be able to look back and say I should have thrown away the pair of kings because I would have been dealt a pair of aces.
But the reality is, you do what you do when you do it. You make a decision, pray its the right one, because you can't go back and change it. And sometimes you're wrong. Very very wrong. You just work through it, and try to make it as best you can.
Hell, I live in a trailer. It's cold in here most of the time. But I bundle up. It's dry inside when its raining outside. It's a bit warmer inside, when its cold outside. It's a bit cooler when it's hot outside. Would I rather have a house on 100 acres? Oh he'll yeah. And one day I might. I just have to work up to it. It's not in the cards. It may never be. I'll know when the time gets here.
But I'm by far NOT lazy. Do I have my lazy days. Yes I do. But I put hard work I to stuff.
Pulled these out of the ground to make room for a garden
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That is a 6' ladder
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Here is a before picture
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And here is a bad after pic. Taken lower down the hill. To the left is where the yuccas were. To the right is where the garden area is.
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I guess the point of my post is
No one has the same opportunities as another. The best we can do is work with what we have, work hard to improve our situation, and be as self reliant as possible.
I'm trying to reduce my cost of living as much as possible. Seems I'm spending MORE on things to be independent than if I were just to pay the damn bill haha