It was 1980, I had gotten married just a year earlier, my wife and I were expecting our first child, and we decided to purchase a home. The home we decided to buy was a beautiful 2-story colonial on 5 acres of land located in the suburbs of a major city where both my wife and I worked. The asking price for this home was $198,000. A tidy sum for our "starter" home, especially back in 1980. ******Pay attention, for this is where the subject of this post comes into play.******
Although way outside of our budget at the time, my wife and I decided to purchase that home. And I'll tell you why. My wife and I knew that our incomes were only to go up from where they were in 1980. We knew at first things would be tight, but that as time passed, that home was going to become more affordable as our careers grew. And we were right, owning and maintaining that home became easier, eventually to the point that paying property taxes and the mortgage (which we eventually paid off) was not much different than paying the electric or water bill. We eventually sold that home for $1.8MM in 2006, retired from the area, and built our dream home in a much more enjoyable climate.
My question: Do people today have the same optimism that their future will be better than where things stand today? In other words, will things get better for you as time passes, or worse?
This happily retired Baby Boomer Generation member would be interested in your thoughts. Have a nice day.
OP, to answer your question, I say NO, people do not have the same optimism as you had in your day.
some people do but it comes through hard work and being involved in just the right things in life. the core of the western civilization has become astonishingly narrow but those involved in it see possibilities for the future.
extremist policies have ruined it for everybody else except those who hold christ close to their heart as well as decency, respect and free enterprise - that would be .0001% of the population on the western hemisphere currently.
but so it has always been - empires come and go but certain people stay and prosper.