Yesterday, I bought stock.
This is what a first time should feel like! With all the nerves and excitement and planning and pondering and reading of others’ experiences… and then, finally, the just doing it. Omigod. I should have smoked a cigarette afterward.
At the start of November, I looked into what kinds of low-fee brokerage houses were out there. Even writing the words feels like marbles in my mouth. Brokerage house. What do I know from investments? The lady with less than $3 in her bank account every 2 years? The woman crawling back from chemo and its resultant absence of paycheck? The person who ran in to a room of folks, desperate, angry, and frustrated at the slicing paycheck-to-paycheck existence I’d been living?
Well, I suppose what I do know is that I’ve stayed in that room of people, for nearly 7 years now (the length of time for all your cells to turn over) — and maybe all the braincells that had been attached to deprivation and loneliness and despair have come to the death throes of their lifespan, and I’ve begun to take action using the new cells with the new programming and the new ideology I’ve learned.
What I do know is that none of this has been as simple as a click on the laptop … and yet, in the end, it was as simple as a click on the laptop. The final action step (or start of many): click “Buy.”
Why so many months since the opening of the account to the purchase of my 1st stock? Oh, procrastination, avoidance, inconvenience of the way it was set up, stymied by a technical error that prevented me from moving money into it. You know, hurdles.
But when, yesterday, I opened The New York Times and merely read the word Tesla, something within me shifted to high gear. Google the price of a share; pull up the brokerage account; try to remember what on earth I’d chosen for my password anyway; and lo! The account could link today! Link it; transfer it; choose it; buy it. Done.
It’s not much; it’s one share that may tank at any point in the future. But, for today, it feels like the most goddamned abundant thing I’ve ever done.