The only way to change your bad habits and negative attitudes is by slowly tweaking, and then adjusting. If you can’t eliminate something suddenly, which in most cases is what happens, slowly begin to tweak it and then where you’re at the most comfortable state (meaning: you feel good and are willing to accept), you adjust (meaning: you’ve reached the level of acceptance with what you’ve accomplished. Now you can move on to the next.).
These years are damn frustrating! Especially when you come to an end of your high-school years. Every single one is a pain, exclusively senior year. College applications to fill, SAT scores to await, finals to study for. It’s a load of stress on your shoulders. Then we picture those so-called friends. We all lose each other. You may think there’s a way to stay in-touch, but the truth is you've all moved on. High –school is a tough, dramatic place. Some may call it a sanctuary, while I favor those who refer to it as the devil’s creation. Adults will claim they've been there, done that. They may also say to just “Suck it up!" It isn't that easy… High-school students aren't necessarily the balance of naughty and nice. For the most part, the scale seems to be leaning towards naughty, the majority of times. Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone is like this. It is difficult to find your true, loyal, compassionate friends. Trust me, they're on the verge of extinction!
The few friends collected, however are the ones who allow us to look back at the highly miserable years and smile. They help us make it through the four horrid years. The unforgettable memories keep out the brutal agony that may come back to bite us in the ass. It’s not often that these true heroes (friends) are found.
Bills, overdrafts, and debt were all major contributors to the cause of my stress. However, the only reason I was in that situation was because I brought it upon myself. I followed the jingles in the commercial after my favorite TV show and applied for a loan, a credit card, a payment plan, etc. Anyways, the point is I was drowning in debt and had I not realized the toll it was taking on me, recovery would have taken a lot more than a few months of medical aid. Fortunately my eyes were unsealed. As a result, I chose an optimistic attitude that I can assure you changed my life for the better.
Some people never get the chance to realize the negative impact money and stress can bring.
It's a common belief that in order to have things, we need credit cards and more debt. But is it really ours? To acquire valuables, does one really need to get into debt? What are the real valuables? Is it clothes, electronics, money? Or is it happy and healthy living?
Most of us grow into a society that teaches us to go to school, then spend hundreds of money in college to then pay off debt to get into more debt to be able to survive in this economy. We uncover possibilities and discover alternatives to acquire things we didn’t even know we needed. Credit card companies approve you with zero APR. Loans are endless and easy to get, advertisements coming in from all angles reminding you “we can help”. The options are effortless; we just have to sign a document. Years later we find ourselves on a “sinking ship”. As a result, we develop trauma, depression, even insanity. The options are presented as manageable but at what cost? We're so use to following the system and doing what others advise that we forget that we too have a choice, a voice. Let's use it!