It's over. We have been evicted. At 12:01 midnight we will be out of our home. Alot of backstory here, many little things contributing to the situation, but it is what it is. I know it could be worse, and alot of people have it worse than my wife and I, but it still hurts. We are off tommorow with what ever we can fit in our vehicle. We'll be staying in a frineds camper for the time being. I feel like a failure. It's not that I didn't try to find work, I just couldn't at least not here. So tonight in a few hours, we'll be heading to Oklahoma with our dog and some clothes. Here's how it happened.
I was laid off in May and I did not qualify for unemployment. I hadn't built up enough of a work history from the previous time I had been laid off. During my preivious unemployemnt, we had gone through our savings trying to keep up on our bills, so we had no cushion. My wife still worked full time, but at barely over minimum wage. We just didn't have enough to keep up with everything.
We did have a weeks notice. We had planned to rent a self storage unit and keep our things there, and we would come back and get them. What happened to that plan? I got sick. No health insurance, so I couldn't go to the doctor. I figured i would be over it, but I'm not. I'm not physicaly able to do a move. We had thought about hiring a mover, but that would have used up alot of our cash.
My point in writting this is to tell you about the lesson I learned today. My problem at the end was I didn't live in a community. I couldn't go to a neighbor or friend because I had made none. That was my biggest problem. I stayed in my own little world, and in the end it was to my detriment. There are many ways to interpret my new found realization.
You can take a macro view and apply it to U.S. foreign policy. You can look at the way we deal with each other in intra-party battles. Me? I take it more on a micro level. When I get to Oklahoma, I will not become isolated from my community again. I will engauge in local festivities. I will join in community projects. I have learned the greatest lesson of all today, and that is that we need each other. From this day forward I will be a better person and join together with my soon to be neighbors to make my new community a better place. In the end, I'm losing most of my belongings, but in the long run I will have gained so much more.