Cost Of Living

“Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?”

Well, today I feel like ranting/rambling a little. Sometimes, you find yourself in the mood to bitch about something! Now, I can’t speak about the whole country, but coming from the oh-so-expensive state of New Jersey, HOLY COW! How are people supposed to live the American Dream when anyone not considered “upper class” typically has to work 40+ hours a week, most likely at a job they detest, with very little to show for it? Oh wait, I know, we just need to re-define the American Dream: Consists of working like a slave roughly between the ages of 18 and 65 (your WHOLE life) so you can eventually do the following: purchase a house that’s never really yours, pay taxes on said house until the end of time, be in debt, provide for your kids until or throughout their adulthood, provide them with an education that eventually leaves THEM in debt, and pray that they find a job so that they TOO can work their asses off to pay their bills, and never be able to just enjoy a carefree life. 

Caroline: We can’t turn into those people who work and work just to pay their bills and don’t have any time to pursue their dreams.

Max: You mean Americans?

I’m not bitter. (Haha) It just amazes me how unfair things are sometimes. Obviously there are jobs that pay well, and jobs that pay very lousy. But no matter which category your job falls in…who enjoys, or is comfortable, paying $1,000/month in rent…for a one bedroom apartment that will never be yours! Obviously, renting has its perks. Right now the only one I can think of is not being responsible for maintenance/repairs. But aside from that, how is it feasible to think that anyone can pay that much money (plus food/bills) and still be able to save for the future? And then you have a house that you end up paying more for in the end than it’s worth, or you never end up paying it off. And you have even more bills and taxes, and more responsibilities than before.

And to make matters worse, you work SO hard every day, every week…only to have a chunk of that hard-earned money sent directly to the government’s pocket. Now, I’m not saying I don’t understand the need for taxes. But considering we hardly see that money put to use, and considering the cost of living, talk about a slap in the face. If you’re a millionaire, lucky you. But for those of us in the middle (or lower) class; it’s like they don’t even consider how expensive it is…to live! And then you get a raise, and you can hardly enjoy it because that puts you into a higher tax bracket. AND Gosh forbid you worked  hard enough to have earned a bonus…only to have to pay double or triple the amount of taxes on that check! REALLY? You can’t even fricking fully earn your own bonus? I don’t know, it’s just hard to be excited about working when you do so just to pay someone or something else.

I’m not saying living here is impossible. I’m just saying that the balance is a little off. And I know things could always be worse…but they could also be better. When they do polls of the happiest countries, guess who’s NOT on that list. I guess it just amazes me how many people dream of coming here, that this place is made to look like something out of a fairytale. Yeah…if only a happy ending was always guaranteed.

~Lily~

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