I am one who tries to stay positive, especially about my job situation, on the outside, but having spent the last 3.5 years looking for a job, beginning back before I graduated from college, and having at most 6 weeks of work at one time is discouraging. I went to college to get an education, and try to make a better life for myself. Yet here I am, more than three years after I graduated from college, living in poverty. I am fully aware that I am one of millions of Americans who are in a similar situation as I am, and now we are facing Obamacare, which is really not helping anyone at this point, only making the situation worse for millions of Americans such as myself.
The whole unemployment situation has a lot to do with why I have become so passionate about knitting items for kids in need, mainly because I have had the time, and even with having projects to work on, I am still very bored and would like to be working. When people ask me what kinds of jobs I am looking for, I tell them that I am looking for just about anything that I could conceivably do with a Bachelors of Science Degree, in Social Science (mainly History with a bit of Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography and Political Science).
What I don’t often talk about with anyone outside of my close group of friends is that I want to work with knitting/crochet groups either in an geographical area, or at a retreat center through crafting conferences, talking to them about the projects that are out there, to benefit children in need, and support our troops, and makes sure they have the patterns, and know where to send their completed projects, and so on and so forth. I love knitting, and using that knowledge, to help children in need, especially here in our own country, as well as supporting our troops.
I know what it is like to have to live in poverty, and I have hated it, but I can’t imagine what it is like for children who live in generational poverty, and are not likely to even graduate high school.