I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of listening to people complain about the economy. It’s not that I don’t empathize with the millions of people who are struggling to find work and keep work. My friends and family members are among them. It’s just that I don’t find complaining to be very productive. That said, you may notice, like my friend Matthew did, that I am complaining about other people complaining – something he then complained about. Enough already!
The point is I’m more interested in hearing what people are doing about it. Which is why I loved “The Economics of Pursuing Your Dreams,” a recent NPR story on how a horrible economy can make it easier for people to take employment or lifestyle risks that they wouldn’t take under normal or better economic conditions. Like running a farm or starting a swing dance studio.
It’s an inverse approach to the classic question asked by high school guidance counselors to help find your dream career. Instead of asking “What would you do if you had a million dollars and didn’t have to work?” the question is “What would you do if you had nothing left to lose?” It’s not that the people interviewed in the story are naively blind to the difficulties of the economy, it’s just that they decided to use this time as an opportunity for new possibilities and potential. While it’s true that the couples interviewed had financial support that is not available to many people, I still thought it was inspiring and hope you do too.
Thanks, and be kind.