I’m a drain on society – or at least that’s what I keep getting told! It seems my life has come down to what I’m costing the economy.
First of all, I’ve gotten “old” – heaven forbid! So now I’m an “expense”: on welfare; the health system; aged care facilities; the list is endless. It doesn’t seem to matter that I helped build this economy. I was a worker, a mother and a volunteer for over 40 years of my life.
Secondly, I smoke; I drink; I eat. I’ve put on weight and for these “deadly sins”, I am constantly vilified! Sometimes by my peers, but more often than not by those bloody “studies” – the results of which change as often as I change my underwear.
Is it any wonder that, as we age, we become less enamoured of the world we live in and turn in to “crotchety old buggers”? I love this planet we live on – geographically speaking, it’s stunning – but I’m becoming less and less impressed with those that inhabit it. Our lives have become more and more determined by the “almighty dollar” and the overpaid idiots who tell us how to spend it, contribute to it, tax it, and then tell us we are “wasting” it.
Stick your bloody “studies” right up your fundamental orifice!
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Admittedly, I’ve digressed. I was spurred to start writing this blog as a result of another pointed article at my shortcomings as a human being – I’m overweight, consequently a drain on society because of the potential health impact, and it’s all my fault!
So now I’m going to light another cigarette, pour myself a glass of wine and eat some cheese and pate – my monthly treat!
Do you sympathise with Susan’s story? Have you ever been made to feel like a burden?