Topic: Ugh... Stuck between a rock and a hardplace.
I know I've talked a lot about the economy before. I've talked about how I'm worried about an economic collapse and how to prepare for it etc... but I want to share with you my current situation.
I have 3 oz of gold and 50 oz of silver (it equals about $3600 right now.) I live 40 min East of LA in Southern California. I am going to inherit about 10 grand very soon. I plan on investing most of it in gold and silver. I also want to get some survival gear, like a tent, hiking back pack, sleeping bag for really low temperatures, and some food. At the moment, the gold and silver is the only preparation I have made. My Dad, who currently has $130k in the bank and a $350k retirement plan in the form a 401k plan has not taken my advice to invest in gold, silver, and Euros. He did buy 9 oz of gold and 10 oz silver a while back, but that's all. He owns a house right now that was bought for $430k about a year ago. All payments go towards the interest of the house and not the principal. The back yard is very small, we could possibly have a 3 foot by 8 foot garden or something. My Dad currently clears $7k after taxes each month and doesn't even break even. He is a smart engineer, but is really bad at managing his finances. Well, perhaps his biggest flaw is he is too generous with his money. He is still providing for his 24 year old daughter and 28 year old son... not completely, but a good portion of their monthly expenses. He could have easily been a millionaire if he had invested and spent his money right...
Anyways, thats the preparation that has been made so far. My Dad wants me to go back to the University of California Santa Cruz. I would like to do this too if I knew we weren't going to have a crash. I would like to be an electrical engineer making a good income so I could one day retire young. That of course does not seem like a realistic view of reality. I see the worst depression in the history of mankind hitting in 1-2 years.
What should I do?
I take the gold and silver I have along with my other $10k worth of investments and move out into the mid west somewhere and hopefully land a job at a warehouse making $10 an hour The location I choose will be close to farms, fresh water, and probably a food distribution warehouse. If I find others that would like to do the same, I'd be happy to move in with them. I will for sure need roommates.
I go to UC Santa Cruz in the fall. Ignore the fact that I think a financial collapse is going to happen and instead focus on my own spirituality and my huge workload. I will be taking physics, second quarter of multi variable calculus, and a computer programming class. If a crash hits I will rest assured that I will somehow survive it with my precious metals, cartons of cigarettes (I don't smoke myself, but cartons of cigarettes might great investments for trading,) and survival gear and food. If the end times scenarios bring huge natural disasters then living next to the coast will be a bad idea. However, by deciding to go to UC Santa Cruz I accept the risks of earthquakes, tsunamis, and massive storms.
I stay at home with my Dad, brother and two sisters, (even though we are separated into 3 different houses,) and I continue to go to school or work. With the money I earn I buy gold and silver. During a crash, I see crime being at ridiculous levels where even if we have gold and silver, it might not make a difference. If someone sees me pay with silver coins they will probably follow me home or have someone tail me home and jack everything. My Dad, being the alcoholic he is at bars nearby, has already told tons of people about his investments in gold and silver. In addition my brother has done the same. If a crash happens, and no one has any money or food, I see these people trying to steal our gold, silver, and food. People that have wealth in the form of food and valuables will naturally attract other people. This is why communities are so important. Communities are needed to protect whatever the members of the community have.
I want to make my decision and be confident with it, so I don't have to worry about it anymore. I do not feel good about staying in the location I am currently in. I don't feel good about going to Santa Cruz either. The only decision I think that would be good would be to move to the Midwest.
This is an enormous decision to make. I can't even talk about it with my family really. They are so ignorant about this stuff. I want to survive the future. I am willing to pack up my crap and leave. It honestly doesn't sound like a bad idea, I just fear that I won't find a job or I won't be able to make ends meet. I live extremely cheap. I'll work 2 jobs if I have to 60 hours a week.
Ugh... Talk about a fork in the road in my life. This decision will change everything. This decision has the potential to throw me onto a completely different time line. Ultimately, my goal is focus on my spirituality in life, but this decision has brought me a lot of stress. I am going against the conditioning instilled in me to go to college and succeed. Not only that, but I have to choose to leave my family behind or not. They don't even feel like my family anymore sorry to say. I mean, sure I love them, but they just don't understand what is to come. They seem very weak minded in my opinion. I don't think I could survive with them. There is very little cohesiveness to my family.
Anyways, I'm sorry to bug you all about this. I've talked a lot about it in the past. Ultimately, I understand that the decision is mine.
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