Hardships in Life

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September 10, 2010

Essay one

“ Hardships in Life”

Growing up I always heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.” These words have never really had much meaning to me until just recently. This is happens to everyone at least once, not appreciating the things we have. How would we know how important things are if we never get anything taken away from us? Everyday I have been taking advantage of things that could easily be taken away, like my job, friends, and pets.

In this case, losing my job was one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with. About a year and a half ago I used to work for a retail store called Gottschalks, I worked for them for about two years. I worked in customer service and counted the vault for the store, which was balancing out the amount the store had made the day before. When I worked for the company I made pretty good money and got pretty good hours, but I would always find things to complain about. I complained about things that did not really matter when I should have been more thankful that I still had a job. This was around the time when the country began feeling the effects of the recession and businesses starting closing all over. That’s when the rumors started going around that Gottschalks might be heading into bankruptcy, but still I felt I had no reason to worry. I remember when I was sitting on the couch when they announced on the news that they were going out of business. When I went to work that following day the news had hit all the workers pretty hard, especially for the workers that had been there for years. When I filed for unemployment that’s when I finally realized that I actually had a pretty good job.

A few months before I lost my job, I was having a lot of problems with my friends. This was a big deal for me because I wasn’t a confrontational person; I would avoid fights and arguments as much as possible. So when a friend and I had a problem, instead of talking it through, I...
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