In the past 3 years, every single person in my immediate family lost their job due to the economy. I've had to rely on my parents a lot when they aren't exactly able to make their own ends meet. I'm grateful that I've had family I could lean on, or else I'd probably be living in my car (I sublet a casita type thing next door to them right now). Finally, after 3 years of almost no work & sending out countless resumes & coming thisclose to getting hired numerous times, we all have steady work again, but we're all also making a fraction of what we made before. None of us are working in our area of skill (my mom used to manage a medical clinic, my step-dad was an illustrator for children's clothing & toy designer, and I did print design). I'm substitute teaching & my parents are doing janitorial work (which is sad to see at their age).
So the results have been:
- I rarely eat out anymore or go shopping or anything like that. I rarely leave the house for anything but work, because I can't afford to spend the money on gas.
- I don't socialize much. I never did much, but I do even less now. It costs money to drive places, and it turns%2