When Life only Gives A Choice.

Never say that life is unfair. So many people around us are so overwhelmed with so many choices and chances in front of them while others have to take a choice, like it or not.

Here are some illustration about those who make sacrifices due to having no choices in life.


As the queen of a household, she dreams of staying at home, taking care of it, its household and the people living in it.

As a house wife, she dreams of staying at home, preparing food for her husband and children.

As a mother, she dreams of staying near her children, watching them grow and making sure they are nurtured in a good hands.

As a woman, she dreams of her husband becoming the breadwinner of family and she takes her role as the queen of the household.

Because of the condition, prevailing local value and culture,she has to do this dark-blue collar job.

God, thank You for what you have given, although they are merely dreams...



My wife, children, and other dependence at home.

Don't worry about me. I'll take care of myself. Just pray for my safety so that I can see you again at home and bring you some money to buy food, to pay uour school fees, or just to buy a bottle of ointment to ease my rheumatism.

God, please pour your protection for the safety of my life. I dare to take the risk of my job for one reason I believe: anything good or bad happens only with your consent.



This is the age I'm supposed to retire but that coziness only happens in my dream. Retirement only belongs to those who work for established companies, but me ?

What happens if I don't work ? who'll take care of my life ?

What happens if I get sick ? who will buy me the jamu* to cure my illness since seeing the doctor is out of my reach.

What happens if I don't have money ? who will pay the rented room ?

I'm tired doing this job but I don't have any choice.

* Jamu : traditional herbal medicine taken as the alternative of more expensive prescribed medicine.



I should raise and protect protect my baby from dust, rain, and the sun heat, and a home is what he needs to stay.

I should send him to school for education, and a kindergarten is what he needs to play around with his friends.

Forgive me my boy, mom can't let you stay at home since no one else but me who can take care of you.

Forgive me my boy, mom can't send you to kindergarten since I can't afford the fee.

Forgive me my boy, mom can't do that all since I have to work for us to eat tomorrow.

Forgive me my boy, mom has to involve you facing the harshness of our life.



I don't live in the wild as other monkeys normally do. Forest life is history since now I live with a team of a street opera.

My friends say living in a zoo is even better than in the street like this.What my friends only need to do is just hang around from one tree to others to make the visitors happy.

They don't have to wear a mask to have a funny look nor ride a mini motorcycle to acrobat which are absolutely not my things.

I'm grateful anyway, that I don't have to be in a laboratory cage to be a guinea pig (although I'm a monkey) and sacrificed in the name of science.

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Bbudoyono 5 years ago

Excellent sketch of life pak, thanks for writing it.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Pak Bambang !, I'm so glad to have your comments. Thank you very much Pak.

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fucsia 5 years ago

Excellent slices of life that made me think on my lucky. Thank you.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

The harsh conditions of life for many people and animals in this world are nicely sketched out with your words and photos in this hub. Yes...many people have few or no choices in life!

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

I really loved this hub..so much truth! Thank you for sharing. You hit on almost every heart song.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Agusfanani, Your hub has made me stop to think how fortunate my family and I are...how could I complain as much as I do? It's something I should think about, and often. It is reality that many do not have a choice and you've painted a very true picture of it. I should ponder this more often and perhaps, try to reach out and help more. God Bless You!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was very original hub. Life is so complicated. No one can refuse this, we just accept and see what happen next. Just standing without doing some actions make us lazy, we have to struggle in supporting our life. We need money though money really can't give us the real happiness. As Indonesian people.....I cry and my tears would never stopped until the poverty isn't really disappear from my country.

You share a fact, my friend. I must open my eyes and begin to give some help. Especially the people in my neighborhood. Thank you very much. Rated UP UP UP! God bless you!

Blessing and hugs,

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Fucsia :I've learned a lot too how to be grateful of what I've got from those people. Thank you very much.

@Peggy : Yes, I appreciate those who only have few or no choice in life but still live it determinedly. Thank you for your kind comment, Peggy.

@Sunny Day: Good morning, Sunny. That's what I captured from some slices of lives around me. They face hard challenges in life strongly. Thank you very much for your visit and comments.

@Jamie Brock : I tell people in my family not to always look up people who are physically prosperous. There are also part of us who are tough and have potentials despite their unfortunate economic conditions. Thank you very much Jamie.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Often when I volunteered as a counselor at an assistance ministry, I was most moved by those who had far less and were struggling. Their faith was so inspirational despite their handicaps. We can all learn from this!

This is such a good hub! Thanks again!

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Prasetio30: That economy experts say that everyone of us has his/her role in life is understandable, but if people have to do jobs which are indecent or contrary to their natures that is not true. That's what happens around us and needs to be corrected. Thank you so much for your visit and appreciation for this hub, Pras. God bless you too.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Peggy W: You're right Peggy, they give us inspiration that they make a living from every penny they collect, they face it with determination and never think of making short cut which may become social problems. Once again thank you for your genuine remarks, Peggy.

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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Life is not like you wish it. It is not easy and there is so much compitition in this world. But if you try hard then you would acheive your dreams even if it takes lots of time.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@sweetie1 : I agree with you that life becomes more enjoyable because of challenges in it and believe that where there's a way there's a will. Thank you for your nice comments sweetie1.

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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

This is the best from you! Great job, brother! vote up and awesome. I'll send this to my Facebook page and twitter.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Freya, It's very kind of you to give such nice comments and send it to your FB and twitter. Thank you very much, sister !

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Wonderfully done! Wonderfully done!Very refreshing. Beautiful! God bless you!

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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

As I get older I realise that we have many choices about things that are insignificant, but the really big issues - where we were born, our genetic heritage, extreme weather - are beyond choice.

However, those of us who have been blessed with being born in industrial countries in the West have many choices that we take for granted.

This is a beautiful hub that has made me count my blessings.

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