I’m having some trouble staying upbeat lately.

Ok, so maybe I’m having some trouble not wallowing in the depths of a weird, nebulous depression.

The problem is, I like to read the news.  I like to stay informed.  I like to know what’s going on in the world around me.  But right now, reading article after article about the crumbling economic situation; constantly hearing about things ‘hitting bottom’, and about how a year from now the situation could be even worse, is pretty frightening.  Because I don’t think I completely understand the ramifications of the current situation, and therefore, if things get worse, I feel like I’m rapidly going to be learning a lot of unpleasant lessons and having many new and difficult experiences.

Living cheap is nothing really new for me.  I have lived paycheck-to-paycheck before, so it’s not that big a deal to do it now.  I’m happy to pull up my socks, smile bravely, cancel my Netflix account and stop eating out or purchasing new clothes.  But really, all of that is pretty easy to do.   And somehow I feel like that is just the beginning.

Are you feeling more hopeful?  Tell me I need to lighten up.  A pie to the face might help, since Lent is over, and I am once again all about pie.