When I started on this scary journey to regroup after my business had collapsed, no entity would extend me any credit. Hell, I wouldn't have lent me money. (Former) friends were short with me. For once in my career I doubted if I could put together another way to make a decent living.
Then, very slowly I learned the new realities. For instance, I was older. That was a negative, not the positive I assumed it would be. Job number-one was to find services I could sell despite being perceived as over the hill.
It took two years but I found niches I could operate as a telecommuter. Clients around the globe don't know I am over 65.
After a while the new realities, including fee deflation in professional services, didn't eat at me. It is what it is became my world view.
Tomorrow I will be looking at a place near the ocean. Then, when business is slow, instead of worrying, my dog Lee K. and I can walk by the sea. Likely as I watch the waves I will come up with fresh marketing ideas.
Yes, things can get better. That is, if we don't give up before the miracle.