…but, it can help buy the bricks that will pave the way. In no particular order…
Brick 1: The ability to go back to the dermatologist when you find a “suspect” mole, instead of waiting over a year like you did the first time you found out you had skin cancer.
Brick 2: The ability to buy rugs to put on the ice-cold floors in your un-insulated house, so you don’t go into shock each time you get out of bed, and your feet touch the floor.
Brick 3: The ability to take your dogs to the vet when they should, not when you can.
Brick 4: The ability to not have to choose between food and paying bills, or between buying food for yourself or the dogs..the dogs always get theirs of course.
Brick 5: The ability to take a plane home to see your children and grandchildren sometimes. To be there for you child when she is struggling so badly, and you just want to hold her, help her.
Brick 6: The ability to divorce the man who has made your life miserable for 14 years, and to be able to support yourself if and when you do find the $216 filing fee that is needed to file the divorce papers.
Brick 7: The ability to have days free of worrying how $50 is going to last for a week or more.
Brick 8: The ability to take some classes that might improve your chances of getting a job at 53 years old and you have spent the past 14 years taking care of the man you no longer love, so your resume looks like crap.
Brick 9: The ability to help your friends who are worse off than you are, and to help the animals you see every day that you wish you could rescue.
Brick 10: The ability to buy clothes once in a while..instead of wearing the sweatshirt your sister gave you over 15 years ago, that is now thin enough to read through.
And so many, many more bricks. I hate posting things like this. Money makes people uncomfortable, well it makes some people uncomfortable. For those of us without it….it makes us miserable, cold, hungry, lonely, and helpless.
Please don’t respond with all the “resources” that are available, or any other advice. I know my options, and they are limited. I just needed to get this out of my head. I should be sleeping, but alas, there are a ton of bricks sitting on my shoulders making sleep impossible.