I received nasty emails as a result of these posts, but I think it's more than worth it. I've gotten pretty used to critics, and the nastier they are, the more I seem to get a kick out it. So, for instance, one woman (most likely she is quite lovely, given her delightful language) responded to this Craiglist ad by saying, "get off your lazy a#&$% and pay your loans back! That's what my husband and I did. We did expect $#&!@ handouts, so get to work!"
She is clearly a kind-hearted and gentle soul who only wanted to inspire me to get off my lazy arse and work - bless her heart. Her inspirational message also gave me a chuckle, because in the last year I have had 2 full-time jobs, and have been volunteering for the movement full-time. That means I work 7 days a week. Perhaps she is familiar with the Soviet calendar under Stalin (he extended the work week in order to industrialize as quickly as possible). In that case, I am definitely lazy, and I will take her advice to heart.
Regardless of how many jobs I manage to hold down (right now I have a full-time job, juggle freelance work on a regular basis as a content writer, and remain a steadfast cheerleader for FSLDM), I barely have enough money to cover my rent, groceries, and, of course, my student loans. Let's take a moment again to discuss the things we'd like to have if we were offered some sort of reprieve from our crushing loan debt. What would you, dear reader, buy if you didn't have to pay your student loan sharks each month? You most certainly aren't sitting around on your lazy $%#@, as this enlightened woman above seems to believe, are you? If you are, I insist that you get up this moment and get to work! Ha. In any event, I invite you to share again. The last time I asked people to share these things with me, they had the simplest wants - one woman wanted to buy curtains for her living room, while another person wanted extra money for gas so that she could visit her friends and family.
If I didn't have to feed my student loan lenders all of my hard earned money each month to bloat them further, I'd definitely be a contributing consumer and buy goods from all sorts of places. For starters, I am not fond of my mattress. I would buy a new Simmons beauty rest immediately. Moreover, it's been ages since I actually purchased clothing, so I know I'd grab a pair of new jeans from Nordstrom (the folks who work in T.B.D. know their products, and make people look amazing).
I know that I am luckier than many of our followers, so I don't mean to complain. For instance, one woman wrote to me and explained that she's now the sole breadwinner for her family. Her mother has been gravely ill for months, and her father has had several serious surgical procedures. I think her story was one of the more difficult I've read lately, and I definitely shed an ample amount of tears. It is clear that she is certainly not lazy, and I found her concluding remarks quite inspirational. Indeed, I think she has more than enough on her plate to say, "I feel awfully sorry for myself." I think that would be more than justified. Instead, she just finished by saying, "I suppose we're an interesting [and] unusual case with the crumbling economy. I'm going to make an attempt to catalog at least some of it." She signed off, "thanks for listening :)"
It was an honor and a privilege to read her story, and I want to thank her for that. I found it more than amazing that she affixed a smiley face at the end of her message - talk about powerful. It would be interesting to hear what sort of purchases she'd like to make if she didn't have student loan debt and two ill parents.
In the very least, being a laborer again, just as my grandmother had been during the Great Depression, I think perhaps that I'm truly learning what Nietzsche meant when he discussed eternal recurrence . . .