This scene hit so close to home, it hurt. Unless you’ve lived under a rock when it comes to my blog, you know that not only do I live in the United States, but I live in the beautiful state of Ohio. Recently in politics, we had a bill pass that took away the collective bargaining rights of public works.
There’s nothing as devastating as the sound of a dream when it dies. I always wanted to be a librarian or run a book store, but as I lack business sense, a librarian it was. A couple years ago, the state cute direct funding to libraries, and this makes the situation even worse. Current librarians are struggling to get by. When they retire, there will not be a new job for a young person like me to take, but they will continue to limp along without that job position. To get an idea of the picture, look at this article.
I’ve always been heavily invested in this dream, and now when it comes to my future, I’m struck by a loss of direction and depression. Ohio has not only lost the library, but the whole public sector has been crippled. I need employment that will provide me with healthcare. I never wanted anything big, I just wanted a secure future on my own with my boyfriend and my possible future children. But even that appears to ask for too much. I don’t want to leave Ohio. My family is here. My boyfriend will probably end up the sole breadwinner, and I’m starting to explore the world of freelance writing and work, so I don’t think I’m entirely screwed, and I’m sure I’ll eventually find a job I can work (I’m going for a paralegal degree), but it’s not what I wanted.
Oh Ohio. What will we ever do? And why is our governor so deaf to this wishes of his people? If the majority had been okay with this, I’d probably grudgingly accept, but the majority of the state did not want this to bill to pass. And here we are. I don’t know what to think, it’s all a fog of confusion through which I stumble forward.