Money, Money, Money: The problem with reality

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Photo credit: Photodisc/Getty Images

Today I moved into my new home for the next 8 weeks: A house in a respectable neighborhood, quite close to the city’s university.

Little did I know that not only was I expected to pay this month’s rent, but also the $400 deposit that neither the landlady nor the previous tenant had told me about.

Here lies my frustration: It’s a lot of money due within very short notice.

The problem is not finding the money; no, the problem is that it’s a lot of $$$ due at a moment’s notice. I think most college students would agree that they either become very depressed or very anxious at the idea of so much money leaving their bank accounts in one fell swoop.

This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed that the world is far too addicted to those green slips of paper and shiny cards the size of your palm.

It’s really depressing. Here I am, in fact, here we all are, trying to make something of ourselves in this huge world where no one seems to care about how you’re struggling to pay the rent and trying to pursue your dreams without letting them go. It isn’t a lie: the world is a harsh place to live in.

It’s a fact of life that thinking about money and struggling over it will get you down. The key is to not let it get to you. The key is to use it as motivation to succeed and make something of yourself.

Writing this, I’ll be the first person to take heed of my own advice. I’ll be the first to say that money makes things worse and better. I’ll be the first to use that frustration and turn it into something that I can overcome.