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Old 04-28-2007, 02:55 AM
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well I just stumbled on this post so i will add my .02 cents. As most of you know I also went through some crap recently. All I am going to tell you dude is that you got to do what is best for you and no one else. As for the GF comment All I am going to say is that well you are young and I understand the desire to have the companionship of a gf. Until you are more stable and setup i suggest you focus on just getting your head right and some sort of life plan kinda determined. For the health thing just be glad you can run jump and do all of that. Not to sound like poor me I can't go a day without a regiment of painkillers to combat the pain. I would kill just to have my weight be an issue. As for the parents complaining about the cars I can also relate, my dad is a huge nay sayer and never thought I could do all the work I have done on my cars. Another thing you have to consider is how much do you enjoy working on your cars and if you really like it take some auto classes at the local Community college. If you need to talk know that I got an ear for you and know that it is not a quick proccess it has taken me close to 3 years to deal with the issues I have so know that life is all about the things that happen between where you are and your plans. also I could suggest getting a dog or a pet. Smokey was the best investment I ever made she has made the crappy times seem just a little better. A dog would also help with getting you out and getting you exercise.
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:58 AM
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I have to say I like the dog idea. That was a very good point.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:43 AM
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awesome thread. ALL great advice.
1. Church is a great idea...Talk to a priest They offer great advice.
You can meet great women at church also Your parents will approve!
2. BE NICE TO YOUR PARENTS..If you live with them, don't act like a guest in their basement. Do the chores....they would be silly to kick you out then...
My mom died suddenly at age 61 and I miis her.....You never know what time you have with them...make it count....Parents are BLOOD!` they will always love you.
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Eh, I just popped into this thread, so yeah I am a bit on the late side putting some change into the bank

I skimmed through the posts, so if I mention something that was already said,well forgive me.

Financial aid for schooling is great. Student loans, however, are NOT the way to go. Instead, apply for Pell grants. Though it isn't much money, it helps. It paid my rent when I needed it the most, and I did not have to pay one cent of it back. If you need books, ebay is the place to look. Even getting a book that is an edition behind should be fine for getting the information across, and the school library *should* have copies of the textbooks that are current in case you need to copy problems that have changed between editions. Even the publishers have free tutorials and supplements online.

Want to save some money? Go to a community college first. Why pay top dollar for classes at a top-dollar school when you can get the SAME classes that will transfer to a 4-year school for substantially less? And the professors at most CC'* actually DO help their students should they need assistance. You also have state and county resources to help with obtaining finances for schooling...AND job placement.

Going to church opens up other avenues as well. Yes it will help you out spiritually, but also is a GREAT networking tool. You meet new friends, spend time away from your house, and (the best part of it all, I think) you can spread the word that you are looking for a career start and someone may very well refer you for an interview somewhere. You never know!

As for the car....hmm, yes...that can be tricky working on a car that needs lots of attention, but its owner has limited fundage. That happens, no matter who you are or what you drive. Do you REALLY like the car enough to keep it for a long while? If not, consider selling it.

I'm going to share a little something with this forum. After being medically disharged from the service back in 2k, I had NOWHERE to go. My wife (if you could call her that) took our son with her to Cali and filed for divorce. My parents are old school in in, once you leave you can't come back. Unless its to visit. So I hooked up with an internet girlfriend, which after a year and a half proved disasterous and left me not only with no friends or familly near, but homeless. Yes, HOMELESS. For a good 6 months I bebopped in and out of Daytona'* finest motels (that was a figure of speach BTW) using my disability check I got each month. I finally said "ENOUGH" and used the resources I had available to me, and not long after that I got myself into school. During that time, I still lived off of what the VA was giving me, the Pell grants, and working various odd jobs and the occasional burger flipping.

I graduated in 2005.

One month later I was offered a job working on flight simulators. I am still at that job.

For years the only way I could get a car was through buy-here-pay-here. For several years now I have actually done it the way it should be done. Bank finance. Oh, and I just bought my first home. I closed a month to the day.

There is hope for you, but you HAVE to be patient. You also need to live life a little bit before making any huge commitments. When I was your age, I had no CLUE what I wanted to do with my life, nor did I really care. But then again, I did not have the resources available to me that kids have nowadays.

Gawd, I'm rambling now.
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If you are really considering military, talk to a recruiter. See what jobs are available for people with ADD and what help they might have for over-weight people. A military life isn't the shining star it one was thanks to this war but there not alot of risk in being a cargo pilot in the AirForce at the moment. I do recommend choosing a line of work that leads to a career outside of the military.

Another option is Security guard, The licensing/certification cost'* about $50 and you can begin working almost immediately makeing anywhere from minimum wage to $20+ per hour. Even more if you get your pistol permit. After you get your certification I'd start at the local hospitals rather than an agency. Out guards start at over $12/hr just to sit & sign poeple in/check building security (doors are locked), driving the shuttle bus....beware of being offered all the OT you can handle.
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