Sunday, August 1, 2010


Stars sometimes own two to three houses across the United States just because they can. They sometimes own several cars just because they can afford to own them. Sometimes stars travel all over the world because they can afford to. There are times where stars are given expensive gifts without having to purchase those gifts just because they are stars.

Remember Lynn from Girlfriends? She was the character who played the free-spirited professional college student. After several degree Lynn didn't have a job. She was living off of her friends. She was happy, vibrant, and broke. However, she didn't let her lack of money bother her. She still lived her life. She acted as an adult and she did adult things. When her friends took trips, she took trips with them. When her friends bought nice clothes, she was shopping right along with them. She was living the life that every recent college graduate wants to live.

I actually know some people that are living the way she was. They have parents that are so supportive of what they want to do and where they want to go, that their parents fund their trips. Their parents are funding them because they know that in the future their children will turn around and give them all of the money back in gifts and love.

There are others too who are not being funded by their parents. I know a girl who recently used some of her college loan money to fund a $2500 shopping spree for herself. Shopping is a stress reliever so I can see why she did it. I never had the luxury of that because I lived in a crappy apartment complex that charged too much for the rent. The point is not my rent however. The point is she spent a lot of money on herself and she could do it.

On the other hand there's me. I don't have the luxury of friends like Lynn did. In my circle of friends we're nice and giving, but we make sure we provide financially for ourselves before others come in the picture. Then there's my family. They provide what they think I need. They don't understand my need to run wild in Atlanta, New York, or California looking for a job. Then of course there's the loan money situation. All of my loan money went to school, a place to stay, food to eat, and maybe a few trips to the movies for fun. Boring, I know. Now I'm broke. I can't even keep a few dollars in my pocket because if I have a few dollars my parents know about it and they expect me to spend it (not save it).

On the note of spending money, today my mom told me to get dressed so we could do something fun. She already knew I wanted new shoes so she threw out the idea of going to a shoe store. Well, we went to a mall in Pearland, Texas. It was actually my first time going to that mall and it was nice. I had just enough money to buy 2 pairs of shoes. It was a buy one get one free deal. Then my mom and her friend who had came along with us wanted to go into Macy's. Since I had no money I was not trying to buy anything else. However my mom pointed out these cute pants and these cute shorts to me. I tried them on even though my first intentions were not too. Then after liking the way they fit I asked my mom if she'd buy them for me. Her reaction wasn't the best since for some reason she assumed I had money. She did buy them for me, but I realized something from the experience.

This is my last shopping trip for a while. I'm broke, so I don't even want to be tempted to go into another store anytime soon. In fact this lack of money makes me feel sad. It makes me realize I can't live my life like this forever. That's why I can't give up on going out into the world on my own to make my own money.

P.S. I saw this on someone's facebook page recently.

"dear broke, as much as i love
using u as an excuse i need u to know im leaving u really soon.. but
trust me sum1 will move in with u soon"

I don't know who came up with it, but I'm about to start using it and call it my way of divorcing broke. 

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