By Keith Bunn Jr.
June 17, 2012
Just about a year ago now, I was at a pizza joint with some old high school classmates. One of the women I graduated with asked me what I do for a living now. I told her that my full time job was a C.N.C. operator for a local manufacture and that I’m also a financial coach on the side. Forgetting all about my “Day” job, she responded, “Financial coach, what made you become that?” My answer to her was easy, “Because I needed one.”
You see my quest to help others with their financial messes stemmed from trying to clean up our own. I knew we needed to do something but I didn’t have a clue what to do or even how to start. Julie and I never talked about it until the pressure and stress was so great she would just break down in tears.
My last straw was years ago when my mom was back in the hospital for another aneurism emergency. This time it was bad enough that it couldn’t be repaired in our local hospital and she would have to fly to Chicago to be treated by a specialist. Right away, my siblings and dad started to make plans to go and stay in Chicago until my mom’s surgery was done and doing ok. Seeing what was going on Julie pulled me to the side and told me that we only had $60 in our accounts. As if things weren’t stressful enough, now we had to deal with a financial issue on top of it. I told Julie that there was no way that I could take our last $60 and go to Chicago. Just then, my brother came up to us and asked if I was going. Embarrassed, I told him no and then I told him why. After talking it over with his now ex-wife, they told me that I could stay with them in their room and sleep on a roll away bed. Still embarrassed and prideful, I resisted their offer. But with constant pleading from all the family members that I had to go, I took my brother’s offer and went.
But I have to tell you, because of my financial situation, I felt I had no say in any kind of decision making while I was there, I felt totally useless. On top of that, I only took a small portion of the $60 for food. I went without meals to make the money stretch for the whole time I was there. My family has no idea how I felt back then. In fact, I think this is the first time I’m really talking about it. The good news is that my mom got threw the surgery with flying colors.
I just wanted to share this story with you to let you know you’re not alone if you are having financial issues. You’re not the only one who’s had embarrassing moments because of money problems, we’ve all had them! The good news is, is that this is a problem that can be fixed, it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take some time but it can be fixed. Maybe all you have to do is read a book or two. Maybe you need help figuring it out, whatever it takes, get in the business of doing it. Just sitting in your mess and thinking that it will change is the definition of insanity.
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