...if you have the courage to buck the prevailing mood (and are amoung the 93 percent of us who still have a job) - these are actually damn good times...
Gas is under two bucks [at least in America]. There's never been a better time to buy a new car (half off! 0 percent!) or a new house (depressed prices + 5 percent over thirty years = unprecedented opportunity). Tables are available in the vast majority of excellent restaurants, to eat reduced-price menus... Airports are way less crowded, there are empty seats on flights, and those flights land on time more often. There's momentum afoot in the land to address the problems (infrastructure, education, health care, energy) we've ignored for the last eight years. All in all, it's easier to live a more enjoyable life right now than at any time in recent memory... if we can just convince ourselves to go ahead and do so.
Have I been saying it, or what? No, really, I HAVE been saying this same thing to Mrs. TBF and others. However, David Granger summed it up better than I ever could.
Let's go ahead and enjoy life! Just...do it! Who's in?