Blog Challenge: Elizabeth F.

Stolen or Stupid?

Have you ever made a stupid mistake?!
Something you immediately regretted?  Something you are still embarrassed to talk about? Well, I sure have and I know you are eager to hear all about my STUPID mistake that cost me big time! 

So here goes nothing;
I moved out of my mother’s house and got my own apartment in the beginning of 2012. As a responsible 20 year old, I understood the concept of paying bills, and staying aware of my surroundings.  I absolutely loved living on my own. It was just me and my little Chihuahua, Chica. I enjoyed my apartment complex, felt safe, got familiar with the staff and met a few neighbors.  

I did, however, have one problem. The parking lot was ALWAYS full! There were times that I wouldn’t get home until ten or eleven at night, due to my job and I would have to park on the outside of my complex gates… on the street! I would have to walk past four or five buildings to get to my apartment! After dealing with this several times, I reported the issue but I was given no good solutions.

One night, I got home super late, I had to get up early the next day and I was emotionally running low on fuel. There were two handicap spaces right in front of my building. They were calling out my name! 

“Ebeth, I am here just for you! PARK! PARK! PARK! You know you want to!”
I thought, “There are two spaces, and I’ve never seen any handicap cars here...
Besides, I’m going to be out of here extra early in the morning.  I’m sure nothing will happen…”

I bet you know what happened next!
I woke up, got ready for work, which required me to travel that day, ran down the stairs with my suitcase and…my car was GONE!  Did someone steal my car? No, my stupidity set me up for this.

My car was towed and cost me an embarrassing phone call to my mother and $375 out of my pocket!
$375 is A LOT OF MONEY!
That money was wasted, gone, and it disappeared, all to reclaim what I already owned!

The point of this story is, just because you are young, you feel as if you deserve certain treatment or maybe you think nothing bad can happen #yolo…
Every decision we make comes with a consequence. Some are good and some are bad.
Don’t make the same mistake I did and throw away your hard earned money out of laziness or frustration. 

Remember, you spent hours, days and weeks making those dollars.
Don’t get stupid and allow someone to take that money from you.
Oh yeah, and OBEY traffic laws, but that’s a blunder for another day! 

Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,
Ebeth Fielder