Money Can Take a Backseat

When You’re Stressed

Ask yourself “What’s Most Important to Me?”

Today I came into work a little stressed out and depressed about finances. It’s a big month for us, extra bills yada yada.  Anyway, as I’m stressing I’m trying to tell myself “hey you’ll figure it out, everything will be fine” and I know this but as a human being, I stress.

During my lunch break or the 10 min I take to eat lunch at my desk, I started checking my facebook and I saw a post from an old friend from grade school. There was a picture of a girl, whom I remember, and a heartfelt message with a condolence about how great of person she was and how she will be missed. She was young, 38 to be exact, and the the hashtag said fuckcancer.

My heart sunk. For I didn’t know this girl since say 6th-7th grade, but as soon as I saw the picture, I immediately flashed back to the school bus, the Catholic school we went to, and her family. I just keep thinking how sad and how young she was. 38! My brother just turned 38 yesterday. It’s a scary thing to think that could be any of us. I feel so sad for the family and her husband.

This isn’t the 1st person I know who has been diagnosed and passed from cancer at the young age of 30(something).

After reading and looking at all the pictures people posted of her life, I instantly stopped caring about my stupid financial stress. Because that’s what it is stupid and trivial. The people in your life – family, friends, and all the relationships you have are what’s really important. The rest of of it will fall into place. The little things we stress over will be gone in time. But the people we have lost will only forever be a memory. Even though some people say time will heal, it doesn’t. They will always be missed, and you just hope one day you come to peace with it.

As for my trivial issue, I got back to my work and saw an email that we will be getting an increase in wages and retroactive pay reflecting this increase. It’s like I said, it all works out.

But for them, the loss is only the beginning of a long road ahead. May they find peace.

 

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