The Next Generation
Posted by Gail | Filed under Money Management
People keep telling me that young people need a better education when it comes to money. There’s a lot of noise about incorporating financial stuff into school curricula. There’s a fair amount of squabbling about what should be taught, by whom and when. Overall, nothin’ much is changing.
Well, young people like being carefree about their money. After years of being broke, having some change means buying all the stuff they had to defer while they were poor students. Or maybe, because they are poor students, there’s a sense that debt is inevitable. Sure seems that way for parents. And you know what they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
That’s you they’re talking about there Ms. Apple. It seems you’re destined to walk in your father’s footsteps, to make all the mistakes your parents made with their money, to end up just like ‘em. How are you feeling about them apples?
Or you could do it differently.
But that would mean figuring out what to do.
And that would mean being conscious about how you deal with your money, instead of letting it slip through your fingers like so many mommies and daddies did.
You can climb on the consumer bandwagon and, like your parents, put style before substance. You can ignore common sense and shop using credit like there is no tomorrow. Hey, you can do anything you want.
- Deciding that life is to be lived, not to be spent paying for stuff that keeps you on track with the If-you-don’t-have-it-you’re-not-cool crowd.
- Choosing to use money to make dreams into reality instead of buying more crap.
- Opting for awareness instead of blindly following the path of the latest (and soon to be forgotten) trend-setter.
You can choose the path your parents took, consuming yourself to debt. Or you can carve your own path.
It’s your life. You decide.