One of the young people I talk to about financial matters made an important decision today. She quit.
This girl had it pretty tough. She’s 18, and her parents couldn’t find their heads with a map and a flashlight (that’s not how the phrase goes, but this is family friendly). Neither of them have any clue about personal finance issues, young people, or what it takes to deal with young adults. She moved out shortly after her birthday because she felt she could do better on her own.
Like many young people, she made the decision to move in with her boy. I would say man, but he just doesn’t qualify. They were sure they loved eachother, but they found out the hard way that love, although pretty good, isn’t enough to sustain a life. This was not her first bad decision, nor was it her last. Because of bad decisions and worse advice, she was in a predicament.
Today I found out that she made the choice to get out, leave the state, and take her life into her own hands. She’s moving in with her grandparents, in the same town I live. I don’t think she understands how scary what she’s doing really is, but I truly think she can handle it. She’ll be working, and going to school to make something great of herself. I truly applaud her for taking the smart way instead of the easy way. She’ll be fine. She is a smart girl with a loving family that many people her age just don’t have. I commit myself to making sure she is fine, because young people deserve the chance to shine. I hope she is open to hearing some good advice for a change. I’m sure she’ll make everyone proud of her.
Sometimes, especially for young people, you have to know when to cut your losses and get out. It’s never easy, and it’s probably harder than it has to be, but if you have the right support network, you don’t have to be alone.
If you are a young person reading this, you don’t have to be alone either. If things are rough, talk to someone. There is no shortage of people out there who want nothing better than to be able to help someone like yourself. Talk to people about your problems, and do it early, when the problems are still probably small enough to deal with. Talk to your parents, your family, teachers, or anybody else that you can trust to help you get through the hard time and into the easier time. You’ll be glad you did.