My work took everything away from me
I graduated college with a BS degree. With limited options, I took a job with an Insurance company. Competing with other employees as difficult because they had gone to a better college than I did and because they had better degrees.
To offset this I worked much overtime and including weekends. Other people would be partying but I would be working. After ten years the Atlanta branch closed down but I was rehired by the same company in Tampa Fl. Tampa was blazing hot but I stayed there ten years and then this branch closed down also. I was offered a job with the same company in Charlotte NC.
I worked there ten years when my company shut down my department leaving me for a short time without a job. I was soon offered a position with our company biggest competitor. I was fifty-two by now.
After thirteen years with this company, I was retired on although the competitor didn't give me much money because I had only been with them thirteen years. On my sixty-fifth birthday, I received a much larger pension from my original company. Social security kicked in and I have three retirement checks coming in,
So what did all this work get me? Financial comfort but not much else. No wife or kids and no family either as both my parents are deceased and I was an only child.
I have been away from my hometown so long that no one knows me or if they do they really aren't interested.