Dear Account Balance...It's Over


Dear Account Balance,

I’m really, really sorry about this. I know, it being Valentine’s Day and all, my timing couldn’t be worse, but…I just can’t pretend any longer.

It’s over.

I know we’ve had some good times in the past. They do say that tough times bring people together, and we’re certainly no exception. When times got really tough, and your balance was really low, I did feel a special bond with you. Checking in with you first thing in the morning, buying a gallon of gas to get me to work and back, and checking in with you again…

And then of course constantly logging in online during work to see what you’d been up to. To see if maybe a check had been cashed or if, heaven forbid, you’d experienced an overdraft.

It’s not you. It’s me. Honestly. You did your best. You were always there, putting on your best face, even if that best face always set my stress levels a bit higher.

Remember paydays though? Those were such good times! You and I both could finally breathe a sigh of relief, as we saw your potential skyrocket! Of course, all good things come to an end and that good thing always seemed to end rather quickly. It just seemed that even at our highs, we both secretly knew that rocky roads were ahead–again.

I know you’ve seen this coming. We’ve just been seeing each other so infrequently as of late, and I really just need to be straight up with you, so here goes:

I’ve been seeing a lot of Budget lately.

Please don’t take this the wrong way, we can definitely still be friends, but Budget has just shown me that the relationship I had with you was mediocre at best, and many times, downright unhealthy. Stressful. We just weren’t getting anywhere.

You didn’t really hear me when I talked of my aspirations to be better with my money. You’d let me speak in generalities, but you never really promoted specific targets that I could set my sights on. I just felt like our relationship was an uphill treadmill. I was trying really hard, and getting nowhere.

I have goals, you know? I have aspirations in life! I want to be debt free, go on vacations with cash, and *gasp* buy my next car outright. Budget understands that about me. In fact, one of the things I love most about Budget is the listening. When I sit down and talk with Budget, Budget listens, adapts, and makes sure my goals are taken seriously! There are times when Budget pushes back a bit, and I feel frustrated, but it’s not frustration with our relationship as much as it is with myself.

I’m sorry it has to end this way, but I want you to know that I’ll check in time and again, just to see how things are going. I’m certain this is also a better move for you in the long run.

In the end, I feel like Budget takes me for who I am, and then makes me a better version of myself.