What do I Know? I’m just a Clown : May / June 2018
“Ask the Clown” : an advice column by The Clown
May / June 2018 issue of My City Magazine
My significant other is spending our money as fast as we bank it. We have the ability to pay bills, put money in savings, and still have spare money for a limited amount of entertainment. Lately, it seems that we “need” so many things for our home, but most of it seems to be unnecessary to me. I have always been disciplined with my money because I don’t want to work forever. This is driving me mad. Help?
I would hope that you can broach this topic with your significant other and come to some sort of budget agreement. If this does not stop, I would suggest diversion of some measure of income into banking products that limit access.
My aunt is aging and lives alone. She has taken to feeding cats in her area and the house has become overrun with them. There are cats living inside and outside the house. The place is always clean and the animals are in good health, but I am beginning to worry that this is all too much for my aunt. How can I help?
It seems that your aunt keeps up just fine if, as you mention, the house is always clean and the animals are in good health. The limits of this would be met if there are so many cats that she loses track, forgets feedings, or the animals begin to suffer. If this begins to happen, you must intervene for the health and safety of all. For now, just let her enjoy her companions and let her know you care.
I am dying. I have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I have accepted this and I am at peace with what is to come, however, I have not informed anyone in my family. I have never married and I have no children. This leaves my father and extended family as the ones I would be letting in on this secret. I don’t want anyone to cause any fuss and I have already arranged everything for the point that my time expires. I am trying to decide whether to let them know now, or just wait until the end comes. What would you do?
This is certainly one of those situations I never thought I would encounter. I want you to have all of your wishes and dignity intact. If you are close to any family member, I would suggest letting them know to give them the opportunity to create a few more memories with you and to say farewell. This may not be what you want to do right now, but I have found that selfless actions are always the best. Your calm in this matter is remarkable and I wish you the best.
Things I should not have to tell you:
- It is best to conduct oneself in quiet dignity and be cordial to all. Negativity is too easy and it is not needed
- Never forget what it was like to explore your identity and choose to encourage those doing this now. Mocking is unnecessary.
- Your family always wants to hear from you. Call. Write
- Read more books.
- Face to face interaction is so much better than being buried in a phone or tablet. Take time to listen to your friends.
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