Today I’m going to piggyback off of my “it’s not the credit card company’s fault” article. I know this post is going to make me sound preachy, but I think it’s something that needs to be said, so I’m going to say it.
The other day I was watching one of the 24 hour news stations and a report came on talking about how McDonalds is being sued for allegedly causing people to become obese. Watching this report made me remember something that my 7th grade English teacher told me after I tried to weasel my way out of trouble:
“You know you’re starting to mature when, for example, after you break something you say ‘I broke it’ as opposed to saying ‘it broke.'”
What I take that to mean is at some point in your life you have to be willing to take responsibility for your actions – no matter the consequences. Whether it’s something as small as breaking something around the house or something as big as getting your finances in order, you have to be willing to take responsibility for your actions.
Ultimately, I don’t blame tobacco or alcohol companies, fast food restaurants, credit card companies, etc., for our problems, because somewhere down the line we had an opportunity to make a choice. If we chose wrong, it was still our choice and we have to live with the consequences.
That being said, it’s also never too late to work towards fixing our bad decisions. Whether it’s trying to give up smoking, eating healthier or living within our means, we always have the chance to try and fix our mistakes.
Anyway, I apologize for the preachy tone of this post, but I hope that even if you disagree with me, I’ve given you something to think about.