When Unemployment Knocks on Your Door

I’ve tried not to complain too much. I know that there are a lot of people who are in worse situations than we are. We have been able to keep a roof over our heads and while our children may not have the latest in clothing styles and electronic gadgets, they are well fed and aren’t exactly suffering. Truly, we are grateful for what we have.

Unfortunately, if I am unable to secure another full-time job making at least what I earn now before this job ends, we will lose our house. Like many others out there, we have no savings because we’ve been struggling for a long time. Unemployment benefits, as much as they may be needed, won’t be enough.

Still, after the initial shock, I remain cautiously optimistic. I have six months to find something and have a diverse skill set that should serve me well in other industries. I have only been in health insurance for four years; I’ve worked in a variety of different settings throughout my career. Sure, I’d love to make my living full-time as a writer, but for now it remains a pleasant sideline. And if we do lose the house, we could probably find an inexpensive rental or, in a worst case scenario, move in temporarily with relatives. We are not completely without options.

What I do know is this: My future may be uncertain, but whatever happens, I’ll plan to be in charge of my own destiny. I won’t be looking to a “lightbringer” or “messiah” or “The One” to solve my problems, fill up my gas tank, or stock my pantry. Despite what the Marxists at the highest echelons of government would like you to believe, hard work and resourcefulness -- not reliance on government handouts paid for by other taxpayers -- are the hallmarks of America's success. Far be it from me to break from this hallowed tradition.