As a youngster, I remember my dad would ask me to help him work on the car or a household appliance.
Like a dumb teenager, I would say, "No, I'm gonna make enough money one day where I can just pay someone to do these things."
These days, I am extremely sore from constantly kicking myself for not learning those trades when I had a free teacher at home. He really didn't need my help. He was trying to help me be a more-rounded person.
Sadly, when it comes to household maintenance, I'm like a deer in headlights when it's something more than a simple installation. To make matters worse, I can't even afford to pay for others to do what should be simple household repairs.
Life it isn't easy.
I thought for sure I would be a famous author or big-time news guy sitting in a downtown high-rise in some big city. Instead, I find myself still in the same town where I graduated college and still struggling to meet my boyhood goal.
The realization, for me, has become that maybe this is what I was destined to do. It doesn't stop me from trying to improve my social status, but it does keep me from worrying about how to keep up with the rest of the world.
With Christmas around the corner, it's even more important to be happy with wherever you are in life. Sadness can be magnified when you when you worry about family, money and just life in general.
So, for at least until Christmas, be happy with life as it has been dealt to you. You may find that the joy carries over and helps you open that new life chapter.