Tied Down

January 14th, 2009

Before the economy crashed in on us, it was a sign of courage and spunk to leave a job that made you crazy. Now it’s considered crazy to leave any job that offers health insurance and isn’t located on top of a toxic dump. Actually, any job that offers health insurance will make you forget the toxic dump. Employers hold the winning hand.  “You want to leave? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass because there’s someone I can pay less to take your job.” I worry I might end up The Mayor of Crazytown, afraid to take a chance because I’m too old or might be broke again. I think often of Mary Oliver’s line–“What will you do with your one wild and precious life?”–and I know that every day I need to be able to answer that question with more than just saying “present.” 

3 Responses to “Tied Down”

  1. dragonflyreflections says:

    Once again – I can so relate. I’ve been with the same major corporation for 27 years and I’m just over it. Completely. But abject terror of not having health insurance or a reliable income keeps me hoping for just three more years of being able to maintain my sanity so I can retire; which, technically, is sort of crazy, so I suspect my battle is already halfway lost.

  2. Di Mackey says:

    Loved this, borrowed it 🙂

  3. Olivia says:

    I can relate to your corporation comment! I work for a large corporation, I’m 65, and just got told they will no longer support my health insurance – I can go on medicare! The problem with that is in this small town, very few doctors will take new medicare patients, including my own. So I am basically without health care and have to keep working in a hateful atmosphere because I have no where else to go! Too old!