"It doesn't matter how old you are: you are never too young or too old to feel stuck or, far better, to get un-stuck. I have seen teenagers sobbing that their life is a failure and I have seen 90-year-olds begin an exciting new life in a different country.
"Take a few deep breaths and remember a mantra, murmured by a slave in the ear of triumphant Roman generals: "This also will pass." The good things pass, and the bad things, too. The important thing is to keep dancing."
But how do you get unstuck? How do you 'keep dancing'?
I don't pretend to know everything there is to know about politics. I understand that politicians know much more than I do, and that they have a very tough job on their hands. However, sometimes I feel like they really have no clue what it is that they're doing. The Times have reported that the UK government is outlining plans for a new Equalities Bill that will promote equality at work.
While I agree that stopping pensioners being denied NHS treatment because of their age and giving mothers the right to breastfeed in public is the right thing to do is the right thing to do, I still disagree with other elements of The Bill.
Today's Time's Family Secrets features a woman who despite her husband being a "brilliant dad" says that she wishes that she would have married for money instead of love. One might think this woman's husband, Bill, is a bin man. Or perhaps only makes minimum wage, and spends most of his time playing Wii Bowling than he does working. But, it turns out that Bill is actually a teacher, the head of his department and greatly enjoys his job.
Yet this woman, let's call her Greedy Pants, just can't get over the fact that all her friend's husbands make £250k a year and can whisk their wives off to Paris for their birthdays. (Well, if they're not away on a business trip, that is.)
What would you do if after years apart you suddenly ran into your old high school boyfriend, fell madly back in love with him, got married, and then found out he was worth $3million? This is the most recent odd situation to be tackled by Salon.com's house advice columnists, Cary Tennis, and I have to say, it sort of blew my mind a little. The woman who wrote to Cary explains that she recently got her masters at Cambridge and is far from being lazy, she admits that the money has completely altered her lifestyle. She says that all her and her husband do now is "watch a lot of amazing Netflix movies, drink beer and go to Obama events" but insists that they're "not bad, just lost".
While most of us lay around on drunk, lazy afternoons describing the mansions we would build if we were to ever win the lottery, can you imagine if you were to ever actually have that much money? Can you really be sure that you and your partner wouldn't become slothful couch potatoes that did nothing but watch movies and grow belly button lint?
It's tax day in the U.S., the day when we all rush to the mailbox to get our returns postmarked by midnight (I had mine in yesterday, quite early for me) and then wait while the government either cuts us a check or takes a bit more of our money to top off the coffers - presumably to fund the war in Iraq and make plump deals with oil executives.
Because the government keeps taking my money, but my Social Security statement plainly states that they do not expect to give much of it back, this is a good time of year for me and all my ladyfriends to take a look at our finances. It's particularly important for women to have good financial planning, as wage gap is still a vicious force and we tend to live longer than men - thus needing more money in our golden years. I'm no financial expert, but there are a few things I wish someone had told me when I was 18. Read on for the financial wisdom I have acquired at the grand old age of 28:
There are loads of saveymoney experts out there, but the tips and tricks they give you often involve buying cheaper no-brand food, or getting last minute flights. In a bid to show that you can save money AND the planet at the same time, Abi over on Hippyshopper has done a Top 5 green ways to store up cash in your bank account.
You can read the full set of tips over Hippyshopper, if you so desire. But in the meantime, to fill another paragraph, here's my favourite tip: