Making it...


I have been wanting to say something about making it on low income.

One, I don't have any secret to doing so. But I aught to, I suppose.

I think I'm a bit different. A lot VISTA talk was about sacrificing by making such a low income for a year. I get the impression that for a lot of you, this is a big change. I, on the other hand, have hardly ever made more than I'm making now. And in fact, had been unemployed since June when I started my service in September.

I don't think I've ever cracked $15,000 for a year. The amount I'll be making from the living allowence is much more typical. And I've made less.

So, I aught to have great advice. But I don't I have horrible credit and I've been to a doctor once since my dad's insurance stopped covering me when I was 19 (I'm 36 now). Hmm. I can say this, I don't trust credit cards or checking accounts. Something always gets messed up. And don't live off your student loans. That was a bad idea.

This is the poverty level, but I still go out. I see movies. I hang out with friends, eat dinner (or lunch) out occaisionally. Take my ex-girlfriend's kids to eat or to a movie. I'd date, but I don't know how to tell what's a date and what's hanging out. I live like I always have, with bills hovering, a car that has problems, and lots of stress.

It's not easy, but with the health benefits (I've foresworn the Seven Corners for an MI Health Card) it's actually an improvement. The fact that I'm doing something I enjoy for a change is amazing. And once this yeat is out I hope that my experience will translate into a job that I enjoy and gets me above the poverty level for a change.

I hope every one is doing well on their low incomes. I had a bit of freak out session with my car tire going flat twice and the door refusing to shut, but I'm doing okay now. I got a used tire for $25 and I just have to remember not to open my driver's side door. :D

 Take Care,