Prior to a decline in income in 2009, I was fortunate to be able to buy most things I wanted without a second thought: books, movies, music, dinners out, traveling, you get the picture. Since that decline, I had to make some major adjustments in the way I lived. It has been a difficult process at times but I am thankful for it in one respect more than any other: it helped me become a more resourceful person.
I haven’t had cable in quite some time. Instead, I paid for Netflix streaming. It was a lot less expensive and had enough options to keep my mind sufficiently numbed from time to time when I needed it. This summer had been filled with so much hiking and activities that I hadn’t used it in over a month. So I figured best to put it on hold, save myself a little money, and stick to broadcast television.
It then occurred to me just how lucky we are to have this resource. I now have an entirely new appreciation for our public library system since it will be my savior for a long winter ahead that would have otherwise been dull. I’m now looking forward to spending my nights curled up with a wide range of books, movies and music. Who would have guessed that entirely new worlds were just waiting to be discovered right down the road at my local library? To find your nearest library, visit http://www.publiclibraries.com/.