Like many cities, it costs an arm and a leg to rent a place in London..to buy a house here costs your entire soul – which is something that I am not willing to trade just to feel a sense of “ownership” over a few square feet in the middle of the big smoke.
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I am very blessed at the moment with an incredibly reasonable rate of rent which allows me not to become obsessive about my penny-pinching ways.
Not only does it come at a reasonable rate, but the little flat (or apartment – I don’t use that term because it sounds a bit poncey to us Englishees) I live in right now is very pretty and spacious. It is equipped with every convenience and fully furnished tastefully.
I had a wonderful holiday with family and friends but I was surprised to feel very joyful to be back in my sweet little abode.
One amazing bonus about this flat is how lovely and cool it stays throughout these sweltering days. While I was away some people stayed in my little pad and they all said it was like paradise coming out of the heat of the day and walking into a chilled little oasis.
Now this is on my mind because I have made a decision (I actually made it three weeks ago) and it involves these job interviews I have tomorrow. I am nail-bitingly nervous about my decision – you know that dread of “what if it all goes wrong?” What if I cannot pay my rent? What if I am turned out on to the streets with my suitcase?
I have often pondered what an amazing find this little flat was and what are the chances of finding anywhere half as nice for an affordable rate? The money that my landlords ask of me – what else could I afford to rent in London?
When I saw this picture prompt from The Haunted Wordsmith, it immediately answered my question – if it all goes wrong…if I find myself without any employment, this is probably about as much as I could afford to rent in London. I am 5 foot 8 inches, so I am sure my legs would stick out of the washing machine even more than whoever is camping out in the machine in the picture.
For months I have been asking the question in the title of this post. We have probably all done it at some point whilst in a job that is sucking all the life out of us. Well…I recently made a decision and acted on it…and now I have to make sure I have the tenacity to make it work, to make it the right decision
But it has really hit home that the cost of living in London means everything is on a knife’s edge…if it all goes wrong…I will be heading for a launderette near you with my pound coins to stake my claim on one of the machines. I will stick my suitcase up on top of the machine and throw my pillow inside and settle down to sleep .
So….with that optimistic thought in mind, I can going to say goodnight for now as I want to have a good night’s sleep before my interviews tomorrow.
Decisions – SCARY!!!!