I got laid off from a full-time job due to the belly-up economy. I didn't realize just how much of my identity I had associated with "being important" -- dressing up, interacting with clients, being seen as a professional. Now I was aimless, wearing jeans and flip flops, and worrying about money in a way I never had before.
This is America today. We have no running water; we use a hose to fill jugs. At night, in my bed, when it's cold out, my blanket can freeze to the wall of the RV. I have a Master's degree and have been in the workforce for over 30 years. By the end of this month, we will be without anywhere to turn.