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Thoughts of 2013 and hope for 2014.
Good bye 2013!
As I reflect back on this year I would have to say it was a bad year for a number of reasons.
For myself the list is as follows:
- No job since June 2012
- Unemployment ran out mid October 2013
- Numerous interviews with disappointing results
- Extreme stress leading to constant illness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Anger at current situation
- Money problems
- Family problems
- Stuck in house when weather is cold and nasty
I am sure many of you are feeling the same thing.
It is hard not working. Sure the first six months seem okay.
Your getting unemployment
and for me it meant working
for 20 years and now home
so I can concentrate on things I
couldn't do when I worked.
You know the drill.
Clean out the closets.
Get rid of unnecessary paperwork.
Give the house a good cleaning.
Devout more time to a hobby.
Mine being writing.
Spend quality time with family,
grandchildren, husband etc.
But as you know
those six months fly by and
soon its winter.
That's when the winter blues get to you.
Too cold to go outside.
Then the unemployment runs out.
Now there is no money.
I've never stopped looking for work.
I just can't find any.
Soon stress from life comes a factor.
Stress does lead to physical
and mental sickness.
Since March of 2013 I had
four emergency room visits.
One three day hospitalization.
Thank God for charitable care.
After all that I was diagnosed with
Severe Anxiety Disorder.
Guess life does that to you.
My husband is my life,
But I feel terrible after 20 years
not contributing to the income.
I feel terrible putting all the burden
Then there is stress from other
When you cannot handle your own stress,
how can you handle others?
Now the news tells us that 3.3 million
people at the end of this year have
lost their unemployment.
Some of which were only on it six months.
I live in New Jersey and today the news
said 79,000 people are without benefits.
We most certainly will fall back into
With recession causes depression,
stress and the unknown of where to
get money to buy food,
utilities bills and others.
This year has been the worst for many.
I am sure you will agree.
I am looking forward to saying
Goodbye to 2013.
Could the old myth of the number 13
hold so true?
Where are the jobs?
Stress can make you feel sick
When everything goes wrong you feel sad
So now we enter the New Year 2014.
With it brings uncertainty.
Will unemployment be extended?
Congress is still on vacation.
The republicans want to know
where the money to extend
will come from.
What will happen to the millions
of people like me who still
have no jobs?
Will we get evicted, foreclosed on?
Of course more will get sick
physically and mentally.
I mean who wouldn't?
Our country helps so many
How about helping your own?
My husband is a good man.
My family has their own troubles,
and yet I can't help anyone.
I want to work and not sit at home.
The job market is tough and now it
will get tougher because there are
more people out of work.
I've heard the longer you are out of
work the harder it gets.
Well I've been out of work for
18 months. So I would have to
say this statement is true.
I hope 2014 brings hope,
joy, happiness and health
to all of us.
However the uncertainty of what's to come
can be scary.
I just hope it was that number 13.
That 14 will be a better year
for all of us.
I guess we will have to wait