Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Remember when not having to work was good?
Motoko Rich, NYT, Sept 19, 2010, says many people over 50 are suddenly thinking, what if I am done, what if I can never work again?
I never felt that way myself until the last 3 years. I always thought I could redouble my efforts, get some great story assignments at a dollar a word, I have great samples, I could interview interesting people, learn things, do good stories.
Now people will do something "good enough" or just short of outright bad for a penny a word. Quite a difference—and don’t think the big mags didn’t notice writers were a dime a dozen or less, way less.
Of the almost 15 million out there with no job, more than 2.2 million are 55 or older.
They cost more than a young person.
They are perceived as not having the technology skills, though many pay to brush up.
Now, they fear becoming homeless or are moving in with relatives.
The government is clucking about Social Security—got to mess with that.
Can’t sell these darn upsidedown houses…
Still, we have to try…remember that little runt Yoda—"There is no try, there is only do."
Speak English, awreddy!