What Recession?

It seems like the recession represents the age old adage that ‘misery loves company’ since it has surely dragged most of us into the abyss of uncertainty, worry and even frustration.  I am sick and tired of working so hard and dedicating so much time and effort to my job, university and every other aspect of this wretched life only to have months and years of hardwork destroyed within minutes by the avaricious and wealthy elite.  But I will not waste my time on a reality that I can hardly change, I can only control how I will approach the future henceforth and I will start by taking it one step at a time 😉

Christmas is approaching and I am broke.  As a full-time student job hunting I have had my fair share of disappointments and headaches due to failed interviews, unanswered emails and ignored CVs.  The government has voted for a raise in University fees, I have an exam approaching that I have barely managed to study for and I have already exceeded my overdraft.  What is my response to all this?  I’ll let you know when I can think of one lol.

The thing about this life is that things tend to happen when you least expect it; things take a turn for the better when you stop worrying about it; you tend to find things that you’ve lost when you stop looking for it and ultimately however tough and rocky the road may be, fate doesn’t tend to cast a blind eye on a hardworker.  I will always cherish my mum for her wisdom when she said to me that life is like a wheel that is constantly turning.  Each spoke has someone’s name written on it and with every rotation, however small, that someone will receive a breakthrough.  When I first heard it I thought to myself, ‘well whatever makes you sleep at nights’…..pretty much the same way that people say that it’s the ugly ones that insist that beauty is on the inside.  But on the contrary, there is some truth to what my mother said.

Regardless of what happens I know that the race is not for the swift but who can endure.  I can’t say that I was built to win but I sure as hell know that I was built to fight and that’s exactly what I intend to do.  In the end when I am sitting around that dinner table with my family and friends, singing christmas carols, opening gifts and reflecting on the good times this year…….I will look back at all of this and think ‘What recession?’

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2 thoughts on “What Recession?

  1. “I will look back at all of this and think ‘What recession?’”

    An interesting post TT, but what about the lessons history is supposed to teach us? Even if it’s very recent history…I believe that all of us who’ve been affected adversely by our current economic circumstances, will (just as they were in the great depression) come out on the other side of it very different people as a result. My grandparents did, we thought they were pack-rats because they saved everything (including money which they were super tight with) because they had experienced what it means to be without and were able to help all their kids when they needed it later on. Truly,the best way I’ve found to process the difficult times in my life is to focus on how they have blessed me. Much like the character that’s developed in hardship, or the empathy for others you can only have from experiencing the pain of loss yourself. Sometimes I wish many of the circumstances of my life could’ve been different, but then I’m reminded that if that were true I wouldn’t be at all who I am today…call me an egotist, but I think that’s something good!

    “Regardless of what happens I know that the race is not for the swift but who can endure.”

    Perhaps the real winner’s are the ones who learn to “enjoy” everyday of the journey.


    • I agree completely but I guess I’ve come to realise that the good times are accompanied by the bad and sometimes no form of forward thinking and contingency plan can shield you from that. In the end all you have to rely on is your faith that things will take a turn for the better and hope that your strength will get you through the worst.


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