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Please share your story at The Recession Wall. The purpose of this site is to document the recession and serve as a historical record of the times. Tell us how it has affected your life and the lives of those you know.

The Recession Wall

New York, NY

Dec 15 2009 - 9:15pm

Web Letter

I am of the same generation, in a similar lack-of-employment situation, and I found these letters to be heartbreaking. However, we as a generation have got to stop feeling entitled to the "American dream" and the job opportunities that were supposed to come with it. The world is on the brink of either disaster or awesomeness, and how it ends up depends on where our generation takes it. I know not everyone is a born entrepreneur, but we can no longer expect to sit pretty with a comfortable job where someone tells us what to do every day. The only option is to realize this truth and get out there and contribute to society--no excuses, because a job is not a prerequisite for this. Apply your education to solving the problems around you, or don't. I refuse to believe that not having a job in the formal sector prevents me from doing anything meaningful. I realize that I may be attacked for being a silly idealist, but something's got to change. If it's not traditional employers, then it's us.

Elise Tosun

New York, NY

Nov 27 2009 - 9:46pm

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