Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about spider webs, which, I totally get, is pretty weird.
It started because I was sure there was some scene in the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings where the hobbits crash through a forest and fall through a ton of spider webs and then get stuck in one.
Turns out – not exactly what happens in the movie and my rattled brain was just remembering the scene wrong, but here’s why I was thinking about spider webs.
If you think of a vertical tunnel with a bunch of giant spider webs going across it and you fall in …
I am now realizing this is literally the stuff of nightmares, but bare with me …
You’ll fall through some of the spider webs. You’ll just shoot right through and destroy them. But assuming they’re moderately strong webs, if there are enough of them, you’d eventually slow down and finally come to a halt.
In a spider web. And probably get eaten by an alarming large spider – but that’s neither here nor there in this analogy.
As a matter of fact, let’s imagine the spider is Charlotte. Charlotte’s Web actually holds a really special place in my heart as my first show ever in theater, so I really don’t think Charlotte would eat any of us. She’d just be happy she stopped our fall and then help us get out of her web, right?
The reason I’ve been thinking about spider webs is that it’s been a rough few months.
In February, a tour fell through. And I went from what should’ve been 2 months of (likely) my highest income for the year to next to nothing.
In March and April, I worked two fun but pretty low paying jobs.
In April, I hurt my shoulder and had to go to the emergency room. $$$$$
In May, the stomach ache and chest pains I’ve been having for months just got to be too much, so I went to a doctor to have them checked. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
In May, I moved to New York and had to start paying rent. I also had to do things like buy groceries and toilet paper and a bazillion other little expenses that all add up. $$$$$$+$$$+$$+$$+$+$$$$
In May, I went to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party. $$$$$
In June, my car insurance payment is due for 2017. $$$$$
I am literally drowning in bills right now. My stress level is way higher than normal, but it’s also because I just like my finances to be a certain way and they’re just not right now.
So – how does this relate to Charlotte or freaking terrifying Shelob?
I feel like the first web I fell through was my checking account. And I shot right though that sad sucker. It’s really a rare day over the last few years that I don’t have between $500-$1,000 just sitting in it, but lately, I’m lucky if it’s $100.
The next web I shot through was my savings accounts for specific things like my cousin’s bridesmaid fund or my car insurance savings that weren’t quite the same amount as my bill for the year because I’m an idiot who speeds and gets speeding tickets. This left me a little rattled because I almost always over save and instead, both of those accounts came up short.
But the point of this post is that the next web actually caught me. I mean, I put a solid dent in my emergency savings web, but it caught me.
And the point of this post is to encourage you to make sure that when you fall, you have multiple webs set up to catch you too.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m super privileged to be able to have all those webs, but I also worked my butt off to build each one of them.
Even now that all the money issues are now behind me, I’m back in rebuilding mode. I got a part time job to rebuild each of those webs quicker. I’m more focused on my budget that I’ve been in a long time.
And I’m pretty proud of weathering a season of big storms so well.
So now I have two important questions for you:
Do you have multiple webs set up to catch you in a season of financial failures?
Do you think you could escape Shelob (she is freaking terrifying)?