You made your bed…now lie in it.
You made your debt – now pay it off. I built a debt monster with no-one else’s help. All my own decisions. My own choices. My own procrastination. My own avoidance of the problem. My own *stick fingers in ears and sing la la la la*
So now there is nobody to blame but me. Oh, and how frustrating that is 😉 I love a good blame when Im in a shitty mood and frustrated with circumstances. Don’t we all?
But guess what….I got me into this and I gotta get me out. When I get frustrated at how slow this process seems to be, or the things I want that I can’t buy, or the next step I want to take but can’t afford too (aka, moving out of home to cease this 4 hour daily commute that is frankly doing my head in) well, I just have to suck it up and get on with it.
It’s been quite a learning curve on responsibility to be honest. I consider myself a fairly responsible person of the adult kind but what I did financially was irresponsible. And now I am paying the price. Literally.
What’s interesting, is in other ‘ok, I’m in a bit of shit’ circumstances, there is often more than 1 option on a way out. Missed a deadline at work? Plead with your boss for an extension (and bring cookies to sweeten the deal) Forgot a friends birthday? Send an extra huge bunch of flowers the next day (also send cookies to sweeten the deal)
I’ll tell you something. There is NO OTHER OPTION with debt. Pay it off or get in deeper. Credit card companies don’t give a stuff about cookies (I know, crazy right! Who would waive a few thousand dollars debt for a box of macadamia and white choc chunk cookies?!)
Anyways, what I’m trying to say is, while this process is certainly teaching me about finances, it’s also teaching me about myself and how I tackle problems. I haven’t given up when it’s tough (sure, I’ve slipped a little here and there) but I’m facing it head on. Because it’s the only choice I have. And for all the frustrating times, there are a lot of satisfying ‘yep, I’m taking control and doing the best I can’ moments too.
And that my friends, deserves a cookie.