This is going to be a short post, not much going on here. But I’ve been following the news from back home lately, and the latest stories hit me kind of hard.
Stories like this didn’t use to bother me. After all, it didn’t affect me. Wasn’t my problem. Didn’t need to be concerned.
Things changed. I grew up, and part of that means actively seeking jobs. And when the economy is in the gutter the way it is in Alberta right now, it’s not just a little worrying – it’s consciously frightening. Once the hard reality hits you that hey, I’m one of the people looking for a job in this economy, you grow up real fast. More worrying still is reading over the statistics – over 780 000 (that is NOT a typo) people in the oil and gas sector laid off. Sure, I’m not looking for a job in that market, but my family, my entire life, is built around it. So it’s more than a little concerning.
It’s funny how your political and economic views change based on your financial standing in life. When times are good, everyone’s a conservative, and when the going gets rough, it’s liberalism to which we resort. I don’t like the increase in taxes, (because let’s be real, paying taxes suck), but I can see that it’s an absolute necessity. And maybe down the road, Alberta will incorporate provincial taxes as well – it seems fairly inevitable to me right now. It’s the first time in a long time taxes have been raised on anything – and they’re being raised on absolutely everything right now.
Here’s hoping the economy recovers, so much so that I can find a job in Alberta after four months.
And that the Flames make the playoffs.