Occupy Together, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Portland: All protests composed of the 99% that are “getting nothing” and against the 1% that are “getting everything.” They are protesting the greed and corruption of Wall Street. They are losing their houses, they can’t afford rent, and they want to be bailed out, just like the corporations that have gained government favor over the past few years.
I guess I could be classified as one of the 99%. I’m most certainly not a member of the 1%. I struggle financially, I live month to month, and I am one accident away from failure. But the differences unfortunately end there because as I investigate why I don’t have what I need and struggle each month, it all comes back to me.
It is all my fault.
When I had money, I didn’t save it. When I needed money, I got it and when I didn’t get it, there was another form of money available, but the cost to use that was high. I knew that, but I did it anyway.
I knew what my education cost, I was told it would take 20 years to pay back. I knew what my mortgage cost, I signed on the line for the 30 year loan. Everything that I own, I knew the cost.
My protest begins here: I look in the mirror and yell at myself.
So, how can I occupy my life and get to a more comfortable position?
- Spend Less
- Work More
I realize that this isn’t the case for everyone, but I guess I am in the other 1%, those that blame no one but themselves for the circumstances that they find themselves in.