I Think That's the Only Wa...

I think that's the only way to truly survive any hard times in life. I think when you stop dreaming, you stop living. I know I want certain things like purchasing a house and living better than I do now. I am surviving but living just seems like a better thing to do. There is a difference and I have experienced both. You have to be real about things too. It's good to dream but just take it by steps. It may seem like a ***** sometimes but you eventually see the end of your road. You just have to be willing to convince your self you can do it.
warped warped
31-35, M
1 Response Jun 9, 2007

I have to agree to that. I know it sounds odd...but back in the early eighties, I was homeless. I lived under a bridge because in those days...well, people assumned that if you were homeless it was because you were just a lazy bum. Nobody then could imagine or believe that homelessness can happen simply because of a lack of ability to become employed....and of course, the longer one stays unemployed and living on the streets...the harder it is to CHANGE the situation for the better. It wasn't until Reagan and Bush Sr. were out of office that my fortunes finally started to turn around. <br />
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I know, there are those who would like to claim that policies which had put me there for nearly a decade were suddenly...like magic...pulling me out. I don't buy it.<br />
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What I DO know is what kept me from committing suicide. Mind you, I have severe PTSD and Panic Disorder...which in those days wasn't being treated. I didn't start getting treatment for these things until I was in my 40's, in fact. <br />
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What kept me going was the simple idea that things had to get better...that I could access the public library and read anything and everything. So I did. I studied finance in the public library for about a year...Sitting there from opening at 9am every morning til closing at 10pm every night...I sat reading books, magazines and newspapers connected with finance. It didn't get me a job, but it helped me understand how things work in this world of ours.<br />
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It is because of that experience that I learn things which now appear to be important for my retirement...my husband and I are looking into investing in the Forex market. Had I never read all of those books, we would never have had a clue that it even existed.<br />
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So... the silver lining to my dream of a better life looks like it may finally pay off at last. It only took a few decades to happen.<br />
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Dreams don't always come through on a stopwatch...but hard work and perserverence ...relentlessly pursuing them...will ultimately take them from fantasy to reality.<br />
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Thats just my opinion.