So, here’s the thing. I think there’s a real possibility that living in fear of being laid off is much worse than actually being laid off. Once it happens, you get on with it. You have to make decisions. You have to figure out what will work for you and yours. And you find out that there’s a world out there that really isn’t so bad — at least yet! There is that fear of what happens down the road. For me, that fear was instilled by a little book that I like a lot, but it still scared me silly. It’s called “How Starbucks Saved My Life.” It’s written by a man who was laid off from his high paying ad exec job in New York City when he was 54-years-old. At first, he made it OK. Things went down from there. For him, like so many of the rest of us, much depended on health care. Ultimately, he couldn’t get it and ended up working at Starbucks — and got health care.
I may have mentioned this earlier, but it confounds me how so many people in “the greatest country in the world” are paralyzed by the fear of losing health care coverage. Something’s got to change along those lines. Think of the entrepreneurship that would occur if more people could take a chance, quit dead-end jobs and start working for themselves? There’s something very un-American about having to depend on “the man” to get health care coverage for you and your family. Blast away if you’d like, but that’s what I really believe.
I guess when it all boils down to it, there’s a part of me scared of our lifestyles changing drastically. And then there’s another part that says, “That’s a silly thing to be afraid of.” At any rate, I definitely feel like we’re right on the apex of some big decision that will shape the rest of our lives. I think it’s times like these when people invent post-it notes or liquid paper. Let’s hope.