Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lake Ontario
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You haven't lost everything due to the economy. You have some knowledge, some experience, some abilities, some talents - and these are worth something in the coming recovery. You've suffered a very painful but TEMPORARY setback. It's possible to recover from this even though it may be your darkest hour right now.
When you recover (and you will), you will make some changes that protect you from having the same thing happen again in the future. It's like what we see with our grandparents who lived through the great depression; they're very frugal even when it seems like they don't need to be. This is because they've learned that when things are going well, they may not always be that way and we've got to prepare for the hard times.
Likewise, it's also true that just because things are really bad now, that doesn't mean they will always be this way. When you're at the bottom, you can only move up from there. As a temporary aid, consider taking advantage of the safety net this country has in place - you've been contributing to it in your payroll taxes and it's there for people who really need it when they really need it. Accessing it in this circumstance is far different than what some people do to take advantage of and abuse it. It's using it as it was intended, and it's what you've been paying for.
This will buy you time to regroup and reposition yourself to ride the coming recovery into a better situation. Don't listen to the doomsdayers - they've never been right. The economy has always recovered, even after the great depression, and there's a place for you in it. You may have to change the type of work you do, or where you live, but that can and does happen to any one of us.
Sail for the mental break it provides, sail because you love it, and sail because it reminds you of the things that are important to you. But sailing to run away is a mistake because it won't really solve your problems and will make some much worse.
These problems may be really big right now, but they ARE solvable - there's a better way.