The start of a relationship is a beautiful thing. You don’t realise it at the time of course. Being too caught up in that relentless and drowning feeling that involves never quite getting enough of each other. When those feelings subside a little, you start to make plans. You move in to their place. Or they into yours. In time, you start to think about marriage, babies, a house. Maybe out of order, but it’s all in the plan, somewhere. This, you two, this is the future. Everything you’ve done prior to that moment is irrelevant. Except, unfortunately, if you haven’t been careful, it can be anything but.
Take my friend Claire as an example.
Claire and I have been friends for what feels like the term of my natural life. She was there when I had my first ever hangover courtesy of some cheap sparkling wine, she nursed me through my first ever boy induced heartbreak and held my hand at my Mum’s funeral. She really has been there through everything. I, in turn, have watched her live large, hook up with the WORST men on the planet and make poor career decisions – all without any judgement. But then suddenly Claire got her life together. Without warning, she was with Brian. They were married, they had a baby called Ruby and were about to buy a house together.
That’s about the time Claire rang me in tears.
Claire: We can’t buy the house. The bank rejected us!
Me: Why? You guys earn great money, have a fab deposit, just go somewhere else, you’ll get a loan with another bank.
Claire: We can’t! They’ll all say the same thing. It’s all my fault, I didn’t bother to pay the last phone bill when I lived in Peak Avenue. Apparently I now can’t get a loan as I’ve ‘got a default on my credit file’. And on top of that, we’ve wasted hundreds of dollars in mortgage application fees!
Me: Well, shit. That’s not good.
And no, it’s not good.
Little did Claire know that one silly, what seemed inconsequential at the time, that non payment could have such an impact? By choosing not to pay her bill, she has impacted her ability to get credit for the next five years.
Here she was, mother and wife, letting down the two people that mattered to her most because of something she just ‘let slip’.
How has a mistake that you have made in the past impacted you?
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