Jun 9, 2008

30 Days

Yesterday, in order to beat the heat and not spend money, I watched the whole first season of 30 Days. It's a documentary-style tv show by Morgan Spurlock that takes ordinary people and puts them inside of someone else's life for 30 days. At first I thought it might be boring, but boy was I wrong! It's one of the most interesting tv shows I've seen in a while, and it actually has substance to boot.

One of the most interesting episodes was where Morgan and his fiance had to live working minimum wage jobs for a month. They were pretty bad off, especially considering neither of them were used to watching their cash flow. They had to work hard jobs with lots of physical labor, they lived in an apartment where a crack house used to be, they didn't have furniture, and they ended up about $1,000 in the hole by the end of the month. It really put things in perspective for me- I may whine about not having and/or making as much money as I want to, but I really don't have it bad at all! I mean, the types of jobs they had to take were ones that most people did in high school, but some people never get to move on- that's their life. I feel lucky to have a college degree and the opportunity for grad school. I'll have so many more options to support myself- I won't be cornered into working a minimum wage job.


Canadian Saver said...

Ahh very intersting! I'm going to look for this. Thanks for posting about it!

The Executioner said...

If you really want to get some perspective, read National Geographic for a few months and look at what poor people in other parts of the world do for a living. The minimum-wage earners in the USA are very wealthy in comparison to other manual laborers around the globe.

Every time I start to worry about my financial situation, I remember to be thankful for what I have, in comparison to the many who have so very little.

SavingDiva said...

I'm going to have to look for this show...I haven't reallly heard anything about it.