I agree with you Kris. It’s really sickening how so many people want the attain their dream right out of the gate. As you said, this was an entry position and I don’t know why someone would think they should/could afford a car, a place of their own, and all bills on just that one wage. I started out living for my parents for a while, then lived with friends, then joined the military. So while I might not have hit all of the lows of Talia, it doesn’t make my or your story invalid as some have suggested. Personally I feel sorry that she seems to feel so disconnected from others as friends that they wouldn’t be able to help each other out. Up until I started work with my latest company did I even feel that I wasn’t going paycheck to paycheck. So struggling is going to happen, it’s part of life and indeed part of the American Dream — achieve your goals through hard work and sacrifice. So I’ve been trying since I graduated high school in 2002 — that’s 12 years it took to get to a great place in my career with a great company where everything felt stable. But I’m sure that 1 year is equivalent right? Exactly.