As I’ve said before, I try to avoid writing excessively about the recession. I don’t believe that ruminating on lost jobs, retirement savings, and credit opportunities will fix anything—let alone make us feel in any better. In fact, I think the media’s obsession with economic horror stories is the last thing we all need. That said, I want to know: Has the recession has changed your life for the better? How?
It’s a cheesy corporate cliché, but I do believe in seeing set-backs as opportunities. Therefore, I feel that when we face financial hardship, we have the opportunity to change for the better. I know, we may not recognize positive changes when we are slashing our monthly budget, staring down at a pink slip, or realizing that we’ll have to pay bills late next month.
Perhaps, however, losing that job made you realize you were in the wrong career path anyway. Maybe you have been denied a loan recently and recognized that you need to take steps to stop relying on credit. Perhaps having fewer hours at work has allowed you to spend more time with family, friends, or doing something you love.
Does any of this apply to you? Let me start by sharing how the recession has changed my life for the better.
A few months I faced extreme uncertainty at a job I had only just begun. There were two rounds of layoffs. Although the company was profitable, it wasn’t profitable enough for its creditors’ likes. Understandably, I began going to work everyday as if it might be my last.
Then, last month, to many people’s surprise, I made the decision to leave work voluntarily and begin working for myself almost full-time. Not only did I leave behind an uncertain day job, but also a four hour daily round-trip commute.
Today, I earn revenue from my blogs, some freelance writing and marketing clients, and a part-time job I took mostly to get affordable health insurance. So, I’m not fully my own boss yet, but close.
Sure, I gave up some money, but I took back twenty hours of my time every week that I spent in my car.I’m happier now than I have been in a long time. Still, I’m facing many new stresses.
Paying my own salary is a constant struggle, especially in this economy. I have had to make personal budget cuts that I never have before. Still, I feel, deep down in my gut, that I am doing the right thing. I am a better person because of the changes I recently made, and those changes were instigated by the turning economy.
What about you?
How has your life changed because of the recession? Have you been able to make those changes positive in any way? Please share; tell us how!