Sorry for the radio silence, folks. After last week’s successful Twitter chat, I was blown over with illness. I have a pretty strong immune system, and this thing just hit me like a ton of bricks. I had to cancel work in some cases, had to ask for extensions, and just lay around and nap and watch movies. As fun as that sounds, it seriously cramps my workaholic style.
After 6 days of only feeling worse and not better, I finally went to the doctor. Apparently, I didn’t have the flu like I thought, but two separate infections. Fun times!
I am telling you this because I had plans last week to tell you about WHY I want to be debt free — I wanted to share things with you about my dreams of travel, moving, and giving back. I wanted to regale you with talk of a life I don’t have yet, but aspire to have once all this debt is gone.
But let’s have some real talk and deal with this unproductive misery of an illness I’ve dealt with for the past week.
First — being sick is expensive.
At one point, my boyfriend and I were both sick, and despite having food in the house, we both had zero energy to make it. So, we went out. Then, I tried to cure this thing on my own and stock up on cold medicine at the drugstore and bought new toothbrushes. After that didn’t really help, I decided to go to urgent care. I was desperate for relief. I hate when anything comes in between me and my work, and let’s face it, I don’t wear sick well. I can’t relax, I feel like I’m being lazy, and I’m quite frankly, pretty bored. Yeah, I’m the worst.
After paying my co-pay and the fee for the tests to determine what this is, that was a cool $50. After I got my prescriptions, that was another $50. Of course, this is all money I had no intention of spending, but I had to.
I can’t wait to be debt free, so that I don’t have to think twice about canceling work when I’m sick. I can’t wait to be debt free, so that spending $100 on health seems reasonable, instead of something that stresses me out.
I can’t wait to have my money be my own, so that I am truly in charge of what I do and where my money goes.
I know that in situations like this, I should be trying to recover and be grateful for my overall health. But when stuff like this happens, it just exacerbates my money woes and reminds me of my WHY.
Money should never come between you and your health — yet for people in debt, it can be a struggle to pick the right answer, even though it’s obvious.
So, my WHY of getting out of debt still includes traveling and a better lifestyle — but on a more practical level, it means a lot less worry.
Worry is a poison on the soul and I’m so done with it.
What is your WHY? Why do you want to get out of debt?
This post is part of the #DebtIsNotForever series by Jackie Beck over at the TheDebtMyth.com. Share your WHY on social media using the hashtag #DebtIsNotForever