Well, if you can’t tell by my empty blog and my lack of apparent creativity this is in fact my first blog. I never pictured myself as one of those “coffee shop types” who carefully constructs what to post to their followers… Do blogs have followers nowadays? Call me what you will but technical lingo has never been what I consider a forte of mine. In fact, writing is also not where my talents lie, but in the spirit of trying something new I’m plunging in feet first with this NaBloPoMo challenge I’ve heard about, but more on that later.
For the purposes of this blog, I’ll just stick with my username, since I really have no idea where I’ll be going with this. I’m a college student with a love for adventure, adrenaline, and anything new really. I love chasing the rush, wherever it may take me so I’ve done some pretty interesting things in the first portion of my brief stint on Earth. To be honest though, I really have no idea where I’m going in life. I’m attending a prestigious university with the plan to get the job once I graduate at the top of my major, but that’s it…and that’s the problem. I have no real goals to strive for in my life. I’m not the type to settle down with the husband, the children, and the dog. However, I would take the dog if I can pass on the other two in a heartbeat. I’m not what you would call a people person, or maybe I am; I’m never really sure. I think I love the idea of people, but dislike the practice. I don’t dislike people per say, I guess it’s more about what people do to each other and how they do it. I’m a pretty blunt person who strives to live a kindness filled life, but it’s definitely a struggle some days more than others. But I digress, this was merely supposed to be a brief intro and I’ve managed to dither on and on.
Though I know I am three days late I would like to attempt to start and stick with the NaBloPoMo challenge by beginning with Friday’s prompt (please forgive me on my first attempt). I write with no intention of winning any challenge. If but one person reads this blog and some thought is incurred then I will consider this, my latest experiment, to be a success.
Friday, November 1, 2013
If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?
This to me is probably one of the easiest questions that I could answer, simply because I am constantly reminded of this subject and how I could change it if I could. My life has by no means been a life of hardship, just the fact that I’m able to write a blog reminds me of that. Nevertheless, my parents would go through hell and high water to make sure myself and my younger brother had every opportunity they never did. This especially includes higher education. My father never finished college and works a seasonal blue collar job that leaves him unemployed every winter. My mother on the other had attended a well-respected four year institution and now works in a high paying managerial position at a large company. She easily makes three times as much as my father, but at a catch. Growing up she was never around like my father was. Though my dad easily put in 70-90 hours a week at his job he was always there when he was needed the most, without fail. My mother, also putting in countless hours, was less able to just leave work if one of us was sick or got hurt while at school or over the summer at home. Now, as an adult attending one of the universities with the highest cost of attendance in the country, they foot the bill. That means a second mortgage on the house, sticking with a car that could fall apart at anytime, and cutting back on any expenses they can. I know that each month, every single bit of money that doesn’t go to basic living expenses for them and my brother goes directly to paying for my college education. To ensure that I graduate with no debt and can start with a clean slate like my mother never could they are shouldering what financial aid cannot provide. All done for the sake of my education, so that I can live a better life then they could when they were my age. I help out when I can, as much as I can. I worked two jobs this summer, putting about 70 hours a week in between the two of them, so that I don’t have to ask for any money while I’m at school which equates to gas and repair to my car, food, and any sort of expenses that spring up. However much that helps, I still know how hard it is to make things meet for them every month, so my answer to what to do with the money is hopefully painfully simple by now. I would pay off their mortgages and buy them a cabin somewhere in the woods of the Appalachians. Any money left over would go directly to the school to pay for however much I could of my schooling, which probably would be the rest of it. My parents would then have the next two years to save for when my younger brother attends college and have some breathing room. For two people who have done nothing but work to make their children’s lives better, I can think of no better reward or way to spend the money.
Thanks to anyone actually reading this; I hope I haven’t bored you too much. Expect to see a post from me later today for today’s actual posting, as well as a couple to make up for Saturday and Sunday.
Musician of the Post: Beethoven
You’ll come to find I have a love for all sorts of different music, but the classics are hard to beat.