How do you survive in this world, during these times?
First of all, I consider myself a pretty “reasonable” and logical person. I went to school, got my education, was very active in any extracurricular I could gain knowledge and experience from. Now find myself: 2 years post graduate school wondering how the heck I am going to be able to even move out on my own. I’ve cut nearly all “extra” expenditures, I analyze my financial situation on a regular basis, and it makes me cry. My student loans are killing me, I’m paying down the miniscule amount of credit I accrued during school, and in most people’s eyes I have a stellar job. It is still not enough to support myself. I’m feeling a little hopeless. I find myself looking around saying, “How do people do it? How do people survive?” I’m starting to become so jaded that it is affecting my mindset of whether or not I will even be able to have children in my lifetime because I don’t see how I will ever be able to afford it. Maybe I am just young and impatient to “make it to the top,” but I am really starting to get depressed. Obviously I am not going to breakdown my finances here, but my issue really is about the big picture. Am I normal? Is it just the realities of the society we live in, the times? Why do I feel like I’ve worked so hard for so many years for nothing? Constructive words of wisdom, not hateful rude comments would be much appreciated.