For the past two weeks I’ve been living the dream. No longer have I needed to be anywhere at any specific time. I can work on my own schedule, and get a run in whenever I feel like it. To be honest, it has been great, and I have been more productive than ever.
Well that was last week. This week has been a different story. The reality of life has set in a little bit, and all of those things that I just expected to work out, have become more problematic than anticipated.
I had planned on collecting unemployment for a while I looked for other ways to pay the bills. Well the review process has turned out to not be as smooth as I would have hoped, and I am currently waiting to find out if I am eligible.
But you know what, that isn’t a huge deal. I have been saving, and if I have a few months with zero income I can survive. Well, about 30 seconds after I opened the envelope telling me that the unemployment could be an issue, I received another heartwarming notice:
“We are sorry to inform you that we will be unable to provide you with medical insurance”.
Hmmm, I’m 24 years old, no major health conditions in the last decade, and aside from slightly high blood pressure (which I imagine is due to the stress of the changes that have been undertook over the last few months), I am as healthy as can be. I even went and got my annual check up the day after my last day to verify that I was in good shape!
If a healthy 24 year old can’t get quality health insurance, then who the hell can?
I’ll admit I haven’t been the most avid of followers when it comes to health care reform, but I think it is about time I start paying attention!
NOTE: I also do realize there are plenty of options out there for health care, it was mostly the timing of the letter that let some of the wind out of my sails.
Welcome to the life of the unemployed.
In the last 24 hours there are few other minor things that have occurred that have been a bit disappointing, but I will spare you those details.
All that being said, there is one thing I would like to make very clear. The purpose of Location180 is to provide an accurate representation of the ups and downs that go along with travel and creating your own lifestyle.
Let me reiterate:
THERE ARE UPS AND THERE ARE DOWNS.
For the most part on this site, I focus on the positive aspects of my life. I don’t want that to always be the case though. I think the most learning occurs when times are a little bit tougher.
When this lifestyle presented itself to me, I didn’t know what to expect, and frankly I still don’t. I damn well knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I have found that no matter how hard it gets, the most important thing you can do is stay positive.
I don’t care how bleak things get, if you can’t keep a positive attitude about your life and what you are trying to accomplish, then you are going to have a really tough time getting where you want to go.
I generally try to apply the 1 year rule. I ask myself, if whatever issue is bothering today will have any effect on me 1 year from now. If the answer is no (and most of them are), I take a second, relax, and move on.
That’s been the case with these issues. Will it matter a year from now whether or not I get a few weeks of unemployment? Probably not.
What about health care? It will work itself out one way or another. I might have to pay more, but in the end, it really isn’t worth stressing over. After all, it is stress that got me here in the first place!
While I may have experienced some setbacks this week, that hasn’t changed my overall attitude towards what I am doing. I still think this is a hell of a lot better than sitting in my cubicle all day, although I am learning that you do have to put serious thought into the reality of your situation.
While I would love to do nothing but blog and golf every day, at some point I will have to focus on making longer term plans. Each day I am making progress towards those plans, and right now I am in a good spot.
This week has also taught me that things aren’t always going to be perfect. No matter what you are doing there will be good days and bad days, and your success depends entirely on how you react to each situation.
I choose to stay positive. It has gotten me this far, why would I give up on it now?