The life of having four children and not three now, and having just moved into on post housing and having way more things than room has taken it's toll on me.
Michael and I are working on financial freedom. We still have the tendency and want to spend but I think we are finally curbing that want adequately. After we get our tax return back we should be even closer to our debt free goal.
As this New Year has happened I am even more concerned for the turn of our country. More and more, and especially in my own generation I am seeing the sense of entitlement. That we should provide everything for everyone. Now while I am not against helping a person while they are down, I do not want to provide for someone who is not my blood kin indefinitely, and even then not my blood kin. We are capable of standing on our own two feet even in the hardest of times. Leaning on someone when you're having a rough time is one thing, expecting for someone, or the gov't (therefore the entire country) to take care of you for the rest of your life when you are fully capable of working is not acceptable. We have rights, we have the right to live, breathe, offend and be offended, you have the right to pursue (not just obtain) happiness, wealth, decent healthcare, education and liberty. This things are NOT granted to you, they are not rights on their own, but things you can achieve if you work hard or at least they used to be. In the world today they seem to be given out with no regard for the consequences and debt it is putting us in. It's being given out with out the say of the masses giving permission for their hard earned money that is meant to be used to help those who are on hard times only, and for our military to have a protecting force from those that harm us and instead to be used for those who refuse to help themselves!
I am almost at a point that I do not want to be involved with a country that is turning so socialistic. I have always been proud to be an American because of what our constitution stands for, the freedoms and liberties we have, and because I can pursue happiness in my way, worship the way I want and not be condemned for it, but slowly I see these liberties and rights being taken away and instead replaced by what so few gathering of our society deem fit. They now have the authority to tell us, when and how to birth our children, when and how to educate our children, what and when to put things in their bodies or deny them access to the public education we pay for.
Our rights are slowly slipping away and I feel almost adrift in that so few of us really see this and so many more I see embracing this new way of life as "the best". I can only pray that the America I remember reading about in the past, and grew up respecting and loving can once again return to its former glory. This is my hope and prayer for this year. My new years resolution (that I never make) will be to stand up for freedom, to not keep quiet when my gov't begins to take away my rights, and begin to advocate for what I feel is right!