Many of you already know that my father is dying of cancer. During this time, I’ve also struggled financially and faced many other difficulties. Even though I have done everything I can to reduce my cost of living and put as much money as possible toward my credit card debt and other bills, I can never seem to get ahead. Something always comes up that puts me behind (unexpected bills, car maintenance/repair, etc.).
As I sat in bed unable to sleep (again), an idea crossed my mind. I know that if a friend needed some financial help, I could spare $5. By itself, that’s not much. But when multiplied by hundreds, thousands and tens of thousands of people, it could make a huge impact on someone’s life.
I thought to myself, what if T-Nation members could help me?
Maybe I’ve helped you in some way. Maybe I gave you a good laugh on the forum. Or maybe I’ve helped you with your nutrition and fitness goals. Maybe there is something I can help you with in the future. Would you consider helping me now?
I expected to get my own place months ago. Every time I think I’m close, something happens. I can’t move out until my credit card is paid off. Then I need money for a deposit and first month’s rent. On top of that, I would like to propose to Stacey, but I have no idea how I’ll even find a way to save the money necessary to buy her a ring without going back into debt. I’m also trying to help my dad financially as well. Even with my job, I won’t have much money to save once I pay off my credit card and get an apartment. And I can’t continue living at home due to the stress. Stacey and I would like to get engaged so we could move in together as it would help both of us tremendously.
What if T-Nation members donated $5 through PayPal to help me out? I know this might sound crazy, but it’s sort of like “Pay it Forward.” I’ve done something similar for someone that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Even though I was strapped for cash, I was able to PayPal him $5 to help him get back on his feet (he was a friend of a friend). It may not have been much, but he was grateful for the help.
Am I crazy? Or could the collective power of T-Nation members make a huge difference? And when things are better for me, I’d be able to help someone else in the future.
I don’t like to ask for financial help. But this was an idea that popped into my head last night, and I thought to myself that it could really work…