Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Panda Bear on Labor Day, Property Ownership and Stress

This Monday September it was Labor Day in the United States.   Most people have the day off from work; it is a long weekend.   It also marks the end of summer.

On Labor Day, the Panda Bear and Mr. Panda went to the YMCA to go swimming and get their needed exercise.   Then they went home to do their needed household chores.
The Panda Bear and Mr. Panda are very fortunate in that they both have jobs.   The downside is they have very little free time and much of their off work hours is spend doing chores, seeing physicians and getting their needed exercise since they both have desk jobs (desk jobs are turning out to be very bad for one’s health).

The Panda Bear spent much of the day going through tickets to see if she won a prize at her local supermarket’s sweepstakes.   She must have gone through about 75 tickets but she won no prize.   It was very disappointing to the Panda Bear to find out she did not win the supermarket’s  1,000,000 dollar prize and realize that she would have to go to work the next day. 

The Panda Bear has often heard that instant riches ruin people.    (Actually, the Panda Bear knows of several people who recently inherited some money and are in no rush to go back to work).   While the Panda Bear doubts her competency in many areas of life, she feels suddenly having lots of money would not go to her head.   She would quit her job and become a part-time bank teller (she sees advertisements for part-time tellers).   The job would give her some structure to her day but she would be free to do other things she likes to do such as take day trips, blogging, seeing  friends and taking care of her apartment.

The Panda Bear’s apartment is a disaster.   During the summer it has been too hot to do much work in her apartment.  The Panda Bear could use a couple of months off from work to work on her apartment; however, alas, that time is not there.   The Panda Bear hopes that as the weather cools off she can slowly work on getting her apartment organized one room at a time.

Before the Panda Bear studied relaxation techniques, she had anxiety attacks about her apartment.   She felt stressed out  because she did not have the time, energy and inclination to keep her apartment in the condition that it should kept.   With all the stresses in modern life, the apartment just seemed like an added pressure.
After the Panda Bear learned how to get more relaxed, she realized that there was no point about stressing over her apartment.   She feels things will get done when they get done.    Stressing out about things does not help matters it just is hard on oneself.   Now the Panda Bear looks at the mess and says things will get down when they get done.

However, the Panda Bear has found an interesting radio show that states that many people are like the Panda Bear and find owning property stressful.   The show has had segments that state the American families are feeling strapped for time and very hard at their jobs.     This time pressure leaves people very little time to deal with their property.

The show is called Real Estate Today and it is put out by the National Association of Realtors.  Now the Panda Bear would never have thought that she, the hater of household chores, and the National Association of Realtors would share many of the same views on real estate.

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