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Old February 18th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Worst weekend ever.

So I'm trying to refrain from being that guy who pours his troubles out on the Interwebs, but I feel like I need to vent more than anything.

I just had the worst weekend I've had in a while. It sucked. This weekend this is what happened:

1. A good friend of mine got tossed out of her house by her stepdad. She's 18 and came home one day to find herself locked out. She's a good kid who has never caused problems for anyone. Her dad on the other hand is kind of psycho. Literally kicked her out in the cold with nothing more than the clothes on her back.

2. Another good friend of mine who's 20 called her parents Friday night to let them know that she is moving in with a guy that no one has ever met and also that she's severing all ties with them and with her friends. Neither her parents, nor any of her friends have met this guy or know anything about him and she's severing all ties with us and moving in w/him. Needless to say her parents and her siblings are extremely broken up.

3. I found out that my parents are broke. This kills me. They are borrowing on a home equity loan and from their 401k every month just to make ends meet. Their home and cars are all paid for. At the end of the day it's because my dad is misbehaving with money and won't stop. This has been going on for nearly two years now and they've been spiralling downward slowly until they're where they are now. My mom wants to sell their paid for house, but my dad really doesn't want to. I don't think it will fix the problem anyway since it's a behavioral problem at the end of the day. My mom is completely freaked out. My pastor is trying to help them out advice wise and counseling them on how to fix the behavioral problem that is at the root of everything, but my dad doesn't want to listen. He is stubborn (that's where I get it from) and seems to think he's right.

So I spent my weekend trying to help my friends make sense of why their lives are falling apart and having no answers and then finding out that my parents life is falling apart and having no answers. I just want to crawl back in bed at this point and stay there until the world makes sense again. Part of me gets the feeling that won't be any time soon.

Just felt the need to vent more than anything. If anyone has any advice on any of these situations I'm open to it. Some other friends of mine are putting up the girl who got thrown out. I have no idea how to fix the second situation as the girl won't accept any contact from any of us. No idea how to fix my parents either. I'm in a position to actually support them if I had to, but any money I give to them right now I think just enables my dad instead of helping him. It sucks though. I feel so helpless.
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