I know a few other people in Michigan who are in the same boat as I. I have a couple of friends who are struggling, and we just kind of whisper amongst ourselves because it’s not PC to whine publicly — even if we feel like screaming. Here are some facts about my particular situation:
1) I stayed married for 7 years longer than I wanted to, so I wouldn’t have to sell my horses.
2) The marriage finally ended and I kept the house because I didn’t want to have to sell my horses. Honestly, there is more sentimental value attached to the barn, which was built specifically for Clifford and Trudy.
3) I have not worked outside of the home since 1989.
4) The economy in Michigan is the worst — or perhaps second worst — in the nation.
Nobody in Michigan is hiring. I mean, nobody! I’ve been duped already by a pyramid scheme but continue to search for avenues of income. I’ve been trying to use my gifts, thinking this has to be the right way to go, and meanwhile, quite frankly, I’m trying not to panic.
I have had so many people tell me my life would be simpler if I would just let the horses go. I just have to laugh. Those are people who can’t possibly relate.
I know that in a struggling economy, the arts are the first thing to go, but I just have to believe that I’ll be able to take care of us, and we will be okay. There’s a reason for everything. So to other artists and writers out there, take heart! You’re not alone. Stay true to your gifts, and do good work, and the answers will come to you.
“The universal law states ‘create or disintegrate.’ Therefore, you are either growing or dying — there is no staying the same.” — James Arthur Ray