Can I experiencing anything in life and not draw parallels from Lord of the Rings? Probably not.
I was thinking about going with a Mt. Rainier climbing expedition as my example, but before prattling on about different base-camps, distances, and such, I would have needed to do research. For me – no additional research needed for LOTR.
So, lets face it, the first 4 months were phenomenal. In January, we had some 2011 carryover money that produced momentum. February through April, we had extra funds come in from big jobs, we had off the charts Craigslist sales, and we scratched out what felt like a multitude of small little orcs that were nipping at our heals. After that we had a hefty HVAC that took longer than we expected, but still – somewhat manageable on momentum and hope alone.
NOW, we get to the difficult part. Similar to Frodo and the Fellowship which soon became just Frodo and Sam – it was a difficult journey, but doable. With friendship and supplies, energy and hope, they managed. But at some point, they got through the walls of Mordor and stared out at the wasteland in front of them, and up at the looming Mt. Doom.
It’s at this point in the story that I feel we find ourselves. We are staring out at the wasteland called “My Graduate School Loan.” It’s the biggest amount we owe. It has the highest interest rate. When we pay – it feels like most money goes toward interest, and just a little leftover drivel hits the principle.
Added to this we are in May, 30 days from June. From past history, this is the ‘slow time of year’ for my husband.
What will be our lembus bread and memories of the taste of strawberries? What will keep us going? Probably the Dave Ramsey Show, seeing the eventual tipping of the scales on principle to interest, as well as encouraging words from friends.
This little hobbit is ready to be off riding on the back of an Eagle, seeing Mt. Doom fade in the distance. But that my friends is still months off.