Have you heard? "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"
I'm hearing it more frequently lately than I care to think about. It's rough out here in the real world. You know, the world your parent's threatened you with whenever you complained about life not being fair or about how hard it was to be a kid and always having to do what you're told.
"I can't wait to be a grown-up and make my own rules!"
"Just wait 'til you're out in the 'real world'. It's not as easy as you think! Now go to bed!"
Yep, the real world sounded like a dream back then. Do what you want when you want. No one telling you when to go to bed, or reminding you to brush your teeth.
Ahh, to be that kid again! To still believe that the real world was going to be the best place EVER!
Well, I've been in the real world for a few years now, and boy were my parents RIGHT! This real world place is much tougher than I thought it would be. It seems the list of things to take care of gets longer instead of shorter. And it's getting harder to get them done; what with the economy in-the-tank, our Service Members fighting a war, unemployment skyrocketing, all the foreclosures and short sales to wade through.
Look, I'm not trying to sugarcoat anything, we've all seen the news, read the reports. Some say our Country is tanking. Some say we're headed for a double dip recession. Some say we're in for a rude awakening.
Yes, the economy stinks. Foreclosures and short sales are taking over the real estate industry. Unemployment is through the roof.
I listen, I read, I pay attention. And still, I refuse to buy into it. Not because I'm hiding my head in the sand, but because I was raised by parents and grandparents who survived the Great Depression and 2 World Wars -- quitting isn't an option, and never looking for a silver lining will only put you out of the game. I'm not leaving the game folks. I'm in it for the long haul.
So, I'm looking for that silver lining. I'm seeing my glass as half full. I'm finding new ways to grow my business, because when this is behind us, I WILL still be here, in the game, playing for all I'm worth.
In the end, the real world is all we've got. May as well find a way to make it a place we want to be. Let this serve as my notice to the naysayers --
CHICKEN LITTLE ISN'T ALLOWED IN MY FARMYARD!