Are You Used to a Crummy Financial Life?
They say you can get used to anything. While I don’t believe that’s entirely true, we sure can get used to a lot of things things — even if they’re crummy.
What does that mean for us, money-wise?
It means we do things like staying in a low-paying or dead-end job, selling ourselves short and reducing our long term earnings potential.
It means we get used to just barely scraping by and not having anything in savings. This leaves our future selves in trouble, but the present seems more worrying than the abstract future.
Or we get used to eating out all the time, without thinking about the health and financial implications of doing so.
But the thing is, there are alternatives. You just have to question the current situation in order to see them.
Once you do that, you can get out of your comfort zone and experience the alternatives.
It’s like being nearsighted and getting glasses for the first time. Maybe you dreaded getting glasses (or got them as young kid and were afraid the other kids would make fun of you).
But once you got them, you could suddenly see the leaves on the trees. It was amazing. You wondered how you ever managed before. And all it took was someone pointing out that maybe things could be better than they are right now for you.