For the foreseeable future, you may find yourself working yourself sick in order to pay your primary bills or insurance. You may be several months behind on your mortgage repayments, or drowning in rent arrears whilst staring bankruptcy or homelessness in the face.
Month in, month out, you’ll struggle to keep your head above the ferocious tides of debt and although you’ll want to, you won’t be able to afford to buy food that isn’t laced with highly toxic pesticides and questionable genetic modification. Therefore, you’ll risk your own health and also the health of your loved ones.
Whilst riding the ferocious tides of life, you'll witness friends and family dreaming up their golden phantoms of riches, whilst walking blindly amongst the abundance of riches that is nature, and running a race against nobody but themselves, a race that nobody ever wins, because as they prosper, their greed increases, leaving them in an ever vicious cycle of wanting more whilst chasing it. A race that only ends when on the death bed, and the prize is taxed and shared amongst another generation of greedy competitors.
Don’t expect that fancy college degree to entitle you to anything more than a customer service sector job with pitiful hours and a measly pay packet. Or instead, ninety weeks of unemployment payments that are subject to sanctions (whichever comes first).
Then, after all that hard labour and sacrifice; after years of compliant corporate feudalism behaviour and hardly ever having time to enjoy the beauty of this wondrous world; redundancy or a cut in hours will be your deserved reward. And like an endless cycle, you’ll be back there on Monday to line the pockets of the corporate fat cats, a little more.
Maybe, you’re ready to build your own escape raft by now and to wave goodbye to a soulless legacy. Maybe, it’s time for you to start writing your own sweet story.
You can continue to listen to ‘the man’s’ spinmeisters, telling everyone ‘it’s ok, the economy is booming and unemployment levels are at an all-time low. Go back to work, spend more money, eat more junk food and buy more stuff’. But, deep down in your heart, you know you weren't made for this, you deserve much better. You have a right to live the life you build for yourself and not the dreams of some other man.
So, what will it be? Will you grasp the reins of life and choose a better path to follow? Or, will you continue to follow the soulless paths of others? Where greed, envy and vulgarity wreaks amongst society and where man treats the earth with cheap disdain and brutality.
The choice to exist peacefully is yours.
The choice to embrace your life and to make every ounce of it worth living is yours too.
The clock ticks…
© 2015 Lyra Wildwood