Where's The Pride?I have not had a "real" job since 2002. I left my job to build my house. It was beautiful but I lost everything including any respect I had for my husband. We divorced and I had to find something to bring in money. In 2006, I was able to make $20,000 in 3 months of work as an independant contractor doing loans. Then I did some business with my father and he paid me to remodel his house (again without a regular paycheck). Then I opened a business with a partner who screwed me over. In 2009, I had to close the business. During all this time I slowly dwindled away at my savings trying to create a way to make money. Then the recession hit. I was already behind in all my bills. I do not qualify for unemployment because I have not worked for a company in so long and I am not counted in the unemployment figures. How many others were self-employed and now have no work due to the economy? These people are not counted either.
To barely survive month after month is taking a great strain on my health. I just want to feel proud that I have accomplished something. I desire to make a difference. I am torn on whether or not to return to school and get my bachelor's degree because their are so many students leaving school and unable to gain employment. Pride in an individual's work has made America great for many years. When will the government get out of the way and let us do what we do so well? I don't want a hand-out because that doesn't give me a feeling of pride. Pride will give us peace in our lives and make our country great again. I hope we can get there again.