Just a quick thought that walked through my mind today.
Like most of you, I have my circle of people / families that I know well, etc. And while finances are usually not something that is outwardly discussed, it’s pretty easy to discern who is doing well and who isn’t.
Well, I noticed something today – almost all of the families I personally know that are struggling are one-income families.
Now, I’m sure some of them are that way by choice (“we’ll do with less so someone is home w/ the kids”). And that’s fine. But most that I know really aren’t like this. The non-working person would work if the perfect storm of hours / pay / benefits / commute / easy job / etc etc appeared. But that usually doesn’t happen. And the family struggles financially as a result.
I’m not going to criticize such, because this is a touchy area for a lot of people. But let’s just say I don’t understand people who don’t/won’t/can’t work. Really – I just don’t get it.
Now, just to be clear, I’m not talking about that person who lost their job two months ago and is still looking. I’m talking about that person who could/should go work, and for whatever reasons, never really seems to get it together and just go earn a living. I suspect we all know people like this in our lives.
I apologize for this being a somewhat incomplete thought without a satisfying conclusion, but I just wanted to let it out today.