What It's Like to Fail
Between 2007 and 2011, 5 million American families lost their homes. Some found alternative housing, but not all of them. Many families broke apart. Mine was one of them. And I was one of the people who ended up homeless. This is not the story of 5 million American families. This is just my story.
Our family faced the same economic forces that hurt many families, but I don’t blame the banks or politicians or anyone else for what happened to us. I made a thousand decisions, large and small, that seemed reasonable at the time but cumulatively led to our situation. It is tempting to blame external forces for the disasters that befall us, but as Shakespeare wrote in “Julius Ceasar,” the fault for what happens to us “is not in our stars but in ourselves.”Posted on 2013-11-18T21:13:49+0000