Kind of funny that I chose to use a George Bailey analogy in my previous post. It's A Wonderful Life is one of my favorite movies - I'm talking top five here - because it shows the struggles the common man encounters. The flick depicts the sheer heartache that struggles and difficulties can bring to a person, and also the massive turnaround that comes through an outpouring of support and love.
I just love this movie, and I guess it's because I am a very Capraesque kind of person (according to Double Platinum). I have a positive outlook on life 95 percent of the time, and that's damn good in my book. To be quite honest, I think DP gets downright annoyed with my Pollyanna disposition.
But every once in a while life gives me a bad hand of cards, and I have a tough time coping with it.
I don't do depression well - it bums me out because it's such a 180 degree experience from the majority of my life.
True confession time: I am horrible with my finances. I don't balance my checkbook and am often faced with the rotten consequence of 34 dollar overdraft fees - like, several (several) a pay period. Granted, it doesn't happen all the time, but it happens frequently enough to make a dent in my account balance.
My financial follies make it very difficult for me to save any money for a rainy day.
Like when I have car trouble. Like, 600 dollar car trouble.
One of the tragic flaws of the hero called Kate the Great: I am hardwired to learn from my experience. I can try to read up on stuff or garner a snippet of knowledge from advice shared by a loved one. But the best way I learn - it's the hard way. The way that makes things uncomfortable and emotional and challenging. That's the best way I can ingrain things in this brain o' mine.
So, it looks like I'm on the brink of 30 and going through some appropriate growing pains.
I'm not too old to learn this important lesson, just a late bloomer. And that's okay with me.