When you finally realize you are in bankruptcy, the experience affects so many people in different ways. One debtor has shared her bankruptcy story on the internet in the form of diary style. She briefly recorded her story through short confessions as a debtor and how a credit card helped bring her to the brink of bankruptcy.
Some debtors see bankruptcy as a shameful thing, but this debtor, who once felt shame, has overcome bankruptcy and managed to share a sense of hope through her very elegant and poetic style of writing. Here are some excerpts taken from her diary style confessions:
In 2010, I was first confronted with the cold, stark reality that a bankruptcy was in my future. I was earning $50,000 plus a year but was saddled with credit card and other kind of debt, plus I was supporting my partner who was unemployed for more than a year.
I cried all the time the first few weeks after I came to the realization that bankruptcy was the only real solution for me. I felt like such a failure. I was so ashamed!
Immediately, I stopped using and paying on my credit card. I haven’t used one since early July 2010. I thought it was impossible, but I don’t even miss the credit card now.
I have waited [to file] because I needed to have a small surgery and I knew I was about to incur considerable medical bills.
And then the unthinkable happened. I lost my job in June 2011. In fact, not only did I lose my job, but I went home that night to find a water line had burst…The city shut off the water and told me I couldn’t live there until it was repaired. I somehow managed to lose my job and temporarily my home all within six hours. Talk about a bad day.
It was a blessing. Unemployment was a crash course on what I need vs. what I want. I had inklings of it already and had learned to live without credit. But I didn’t really learn what it was to only buy what I must have and go without whatever I wanted until then. One of the things I wanted but did not need was my house.
It has [all] been a blessing in disguise. I found a new job in December. It pays 40 percent less than my former one, but I am happier here. I am now solidly in Chapter 7 land.
That’s another lesson I learned in this. Your worth is not financial. You can’t find it in your bank statements or your credit score. It’s in what you bring to the world, what you do for people around you. I know it sounds trite, but it’s true.
Don’t lose sight of all the good in you through all this. Someday when we’re no longer here anymore (hopefully some day far, far in the future), it’s the things we’ve done for our friends, family and even strangers that will be remembered.
And I’m ready now. I’m ready to finally file for bankruptcy. I’m at the point, finally, where thinking about it brings a sense of relief, not more anxiety. I’m taking the stack of updated papers and documents to my attorney tomorrow. It’s been a long road to get here. I’ve learned a lot of hard lessons along the way. I’m ready!
These diary style confessions were shared on the internet on February 15, 2012. If you are currently facing bankruptcy, then I hope these diary confessions have given you hope for the future. You too can start over and learn the hard lessons such an experience has along the way. Are you ready?
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