Imagine having to work over 100 hours, I am guessing, and hoping, in a two week pay period to afford just a two bedroom. Why did this article use two bedroom apartment? Because, I think, that two bedroom apartments are the most sought after. Maybe one bedroom apartments are cheaper; maybe not.
I know that, in my state of Vermont, to be able to comfortable afford to live, just in my county, one would have to make close to $18 an hour. Comfortable means having a roof over your head, food on your table, and clothes to wear. Comfortable does not mean being able to go out every night for dinner, and drinks. Comfortable means that those luxuries are something that a person does once a month, if they are lucky. I am lucky to do this once every six months.
I am fortunate that I have a living situation that allows me not to have to worry about making rent, or having food on the table. I am still working towards that $18 career. I know that I will make it there, and my first step is making $15 and hour. I also know that I will be able to achieve that financial goal. I remember when ramen noodles is all that I had to eat, and being able to eat actual food was a luxury. I remember when I had to worry everyday about having a roof over my head. I still have these insecurities. I am not rich; hell I am not even middle class. I am the working poor, and I am working my way out of a hole that I made. I know that by the end of this year I am going to be financially better. That is a major goal of mine, and a major stress off of my shoulders, and mind.
I work my ass off. I am surprised that I have one anymore. I am not happy about having to work that hard just to "live." I don't consider this living. I consider it slavery. I am a slave to work, because I am a slave to debt. Get out of debt and the chains of work start to break. I love where I work, but I hate my department. I know that I will be able to transfer, in April. But, I am still a slave to work, until the slavery of debts are taken care.
We are all slaves to something. Money is the great master who holds the whip.