When the Going Gets Tough….

Well, its been a few weeks since my last post and things haven’t gone exactly to plan. Both my wife and I have had our bikes in for tune ups, and $1500 later they are running better. The biggest expense was my bike. At its current mileage the factory recommended tune up had lots to do, a grand total of about 5 hrs of work. Not a lot of parts required, just lots of labour, and at $95/hr it adds up fast.

(Side note: next time I’m at school for my Joinery, I may take an evening course for motorcycle maintenance. The course costs less than my last tune up, and is at the same school.)

On top of that, add the expense for my worn out rear sprocket. (Only 8000 km on it!) I didn’t realize the after market 44 tooth sprocket had a shorter life span, and I wasn’t expecting the additional cost of replacing it. Still haven’t received a raise, despite the schooling I’ve received over the last 18 months, and my wife is still on EI. Her training has slowly been picking up though, which is good. We are, however, slowly sliding into debt.

Generally the outlook is rather grim.

I have to admit, its been really tough lately. Its difficult to go to to work in the mornings, I really hate it. I wouldn’t mind going if I felt like it was doing anything. Going to work to get out of debt I could do. Going to work to slide into debt slower though…? This job was supposed to help, not hinder. Our circumstances have caused us to delay several of our dreams recently, and the rest (at this time) seem on the verge of being delayed as well.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Its times like this where I find myself getting really down and unmotivated. (Hence the several weeks between blog posts.) I’m exhausted, I’ve been getting sick easier and easier, for longer and longer. When the effort seems pointless, its hard to keep going, but what alternative do I have? My wife and I are taking steps to fix our current financial woes, all I can do is keep moving. We are confident that we are on, if not the correct path, at least a path to a better place. All I have to do is keep moving, and have a little faith. Despite the grim outlook we are closer now to achieving our goals than we have ever been. Now is not the time to waiver or doubt. To buy the new equipment for our bikes we have literally been selling the furniture from our house. We are very near to having everything we want. We only want to make one more major purchase, and several minor (but not actually necessary) purchases. Our dreams are not ┬ásomething we are prepared to give up, so we’ve been giving up other things. Times are tough but…

“Tough times never last, tough people do.”

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6 Responses to When the Going Gets Tough….

  1. Raf Kiss says:

    Hi, I hope you guys find a way out of the difficult time. Just know that you’re not alone out there. I myself gave up everything in my home country to start a new life in Brazil. I invested most of what I worked for for 30 years and it seems to take a little longer than planned to get my motorcycle travel operation going, so chances are that I might face to be forced to give up the dream and start looking for a “regular” job here…
    One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that material things (other than the basic stuff) don’t really matter.
    Stick together and you’ll eventually get where you want to be.
    Best of luck,
    Raf

    • Shannon Norton says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. Things like this should never be easy, or they become less valuable, its just the frustration that comes with getting this close and hitting yet another roadblock, one that was suppose to be the thing that helped clear them. Challenges like these are pretty much ‘par for the course’, but at this stage my stamina is starting to wane. I’m getting sick, & I’m not sleeping, and theproblems I would shrug off a year ago have me fighting back tears now.

      All we can do in times like this is remember what you said: We are not alone. Times are tough everywhere, and challenges will make the goal that much sweeter when we get there!

      Keep fighting! Winners never quit, and Quitters never win! (etc, etc, blah, blah! *LOL*) WHEN my wife and I get to Brazil on our bikes, we’ll look you up!

  2. Dad says:

    Hang in there son, I didn’t hit my stride until my mid-40’s

    Dad xo

    • Shannon Norton says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’m sure I’ll live, but life can sure be frustrating sometimes! I’ll talk to you soon!

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