No, not THE end, but the end of paying my student loans. FOUR MORE PAYMENTS. I’ve been, basically, making a car payment’s worth towards my student loans since I graduated in 2007. Ten years. I don’t know how the attorneys I work for can do it to the tune of over $150,000 worth. I only had $30,000. Of course, I don’t make what they do, either, but I can imagine that the burden is about the same for them.
In the vein of “clearing,” as I talked about yesterday, the final payment in December will give me just that little bit of financial freedom to pay down OTHER debt. To get a handle on that specter of double-digit interest rates on my credit cards. To let go some of that “stuckness.” To once again take control of my finances. To breathe easier.
This photo of me a few weeks ago — 95 degrees, 5K — is representative of how I will feel when the student loan burden is gone. Relief.