So it has been approximately three days since I've been to work. I am a member of the approximately 800k federal workers who has been furloughed due to a government shutdown. Although I am fortunate enough to have an emergency fund for situations like this, I know a lot of my colleagues are not as fortunate. I am a single person so basically when I eat my entire family eats. The same cannot be said for some of my colleagues who unfortunately live paycheck to paycheck.
I have been trying to fill my day with as many activities as I can possibly think of. I've cleaned out my closets, boxed up clothes to be donated, went to the movies, worked out like I'm getting ready for a decathlon, and did a lot of sleeping. Who knew that sleeping could get boring after a certain amount of time? I've also made myself a promise to get back to writing my novel. I've neglected that for a very long time so I figure I could use this time to get back to doing that.
Don't get me wrong, I am definitely a little anxious about what's going on. The not knowing when we'll return to work is what is creating the anxiety. The hardest part for me is the fact that my mother is worried about me. She knows that I am financially stable, but that doesn't keep her from being a mother. She's constantly calling just to see what I am doing and I appreciate that. She's even offered to fly me home. I think she did that more for herself than for me. I can tell her I'm alright all day, but unless she sees for herself there's always some doubt in her mind. That's just how she is I have a caring and loving mother. I wouldn't trade her in for anything in the world.
I've read stories about how this shutdown is affecting people. People are having to postpones their weddings and some are having to cancel their weddings. People tend to take for granted all the things the federal government does until it affects them personally.
I guess the silver lining in this whole thing is the fact that people are getting a chance to learn what it is that the federal government actually does. So when you hear people talking about taking a hatchet to the federal budget, just remember that hatchet may have a negative affect on your life as well.
Have you been affected by the #GOPShutdown? I would love to hear from you.