Do you ever have one of those days? One that starts out pretty great, and then out of the blue it goes to hell? Well that's how my day went! And it's not even over yet, so there's no telling what other sorts of lovliness will transpire. My life has been completely flipped upside down, thanks to a squirrel. Yep, a squirrel.
It started when I was on my way to a friend's house. A group of my friends were getting together before everyone went back to their respective colleges after spring break. I was excited to see my friends. I turned onto my friend's street, then out of the blue this random squirrel darts right in front of my car. In a split second, my natural reaction was to just pull my car off the side of the road so I could save this idiotic squirrel with a death wish. Well when I went off the side of the road I ran over this pile of rocks, and apparently these rocks went to the Chuck Norris school of Bad-Assery because as soon as I hit them my car made the worst noise ever. When I pulled up to my friend's house I parked, and jumped out of the car praying I didn't mess up anything. What do I find? Both tires on the passenger's side are flat. Not just flat, slashed open. Wonderful.
I called my sister, so she could tell my parents. I knew they would be pissed, I mean it's two tires, not just one, two. So while i'm inside with my friends telling them all about this demonic squirrel my parents are outside trying to change my tires. Oh, while they're out there, guess what they discover? Something is torn up underneath my car. So it's not just two flat tires, it's a whole lot of Lindsey's Screwed. Of course this happens on a Sunday, when no car places are open. To make matters even worse, I don't come from a wealthy family. We pretty much live paycheck to paycheck. Whatever is wrong with my car is going to be expensive. But you see, my car is old, really old. It's not worth putting much money into. So this means I'm probably going to have to get a new car. A new car means Lindsey has to get a job.
I've never had a job, and there are no places really hiring around here. My town is emtpy. The only things residing here are broken dreams and people on food stamps. I understand why I have to get a job, and I've always known I'd have to get one eventually, but I really didn't want to get a job just so I can make a car payment. I need a job so I can put back money for college.
What infuriates me, is the fact that I go to community college because my parents couldn't afford to send me to a university. Any money that is left over from my pell grant goes into my college fund. Which honestly, that's not much money. I not only want to go to college, I NEED to go to college. I want to make something out of myself, and I don't want to be stuck in this lifeless town working at McDonalds or Walmart my entire life. The thing that really drives me crazy though is the fact that there are so many people going to universities right now, blowing their parent's money while partying and cutting class. These people are wasting an education that I would die to be receiving right now.
I've never had much money. I've grown up in the lower middle class my entire life. I'm okay with that. Once I started school though, I started getting mad at my parents because they wouldn't buy me the newest toys, or latest pair of designer jeans that "everyone" was wearing. I didn't get my license until I was 18 because my parents couldn't afford to put me on their insurance. I don't feel like I had a bad childhood though, I know my parents have always done the best they could. I'm probably a better person because I wasn't spoiled rotten like so many people are.
It just makes me sick when I see people throwing away their money on the stupidest things. Or I see people on Welfare, Food Stamps, and Medicaid, driving a nicer car than I am, talking on an Iphone. My family has never had government assistance, and I know there are so many people out there that deserve assistance, that don't get it, because so many others are out there abusing the system. I'm all for government assistance programs, but I do believe they should be monitored much more closely. And it kills me to see the government cutting education spending, yet our military budget is still expanding. An education is our ticket out of poverty, so we're going to make a decent education harder to get? And then complain about so many people being on Welfare? The U.S. government just seems so corrupt, and I don't feel like it has it's priorities in order. So, I'm sorry for my rant, it's just been one of those days.
My questions to you: How do you get through horrible days? And What's your opinion on the current state of the U.S. ?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.