Most of Us Are Living Through Relentless Financial Trauma

We need to talk about it.

Jessica Wildfire
6 min readNov 7, 2021


JP Valery

It’s going to cost $6,000.

Maybe more…

We have to cut down trees in our yard that died from years of drought and freakish weather. It’s happening all over town. The tree cutters are so backed up, they can’t even get to us until December. Our neighbors are bleeding cash on this, too. It’s one way climate collapse has already started upending our lives and eating into our wallets.

The gas company sent us a notice last week giving us a heads up about spiking energy prices. They basically said, “It’s not our fault.” They’re not offering help, just asking us not to complain.

They’re being preemptive.

That’s a bad sign.

We’ve already spent tens of thousands of dollars this year on structural home repairs, fixing places where there was literally no foundation holding up the house. These were things we paid a home inspector to catch before we bought the place, but he didn’t. This is an example of how the real estate market has turned downright predatory.

We’re paying for other people’s mistakes.

It’s a trend.

We’re not the only ones dealing with problems like this, either. We’ve got neighbors with floors sinking in. They can’t afford to put siding on their homes. They leave insulation exposed to the elements. Some of them can’t afford home repairs at all. They spend their disposable income taking care of kids and relatives with chronic illness.

We want to help, but we can’t.

This is life now.

We face relentless financial trauma.

It feels like we shouldn’t be talking about this.

And yet, it’s happening.

Financial trauma is a real term. Even goop talks about it. They quote psychologists and everything. According to the experts, anyone who spends three months with insufficient income has suffered financial trauma. It can slam anyone who’s also lost a large amount of money. It means they can’t live normal lives. It means debilitating stress.