Irene over at IreneDesign2011 and me had this idea a few weeks ago: to celebrate Stream of Consciousness Saturday together. So today we have done an experiment:
“Time flies” is what I am thinking a lot lately. I just took some time to answer two letters I got late in 2013! Isn’t that sad? Yes, I know, we are all busy and I had some troubles this year but still I think I could take some time out to be in contact with my friends and family.
On the other hand though this “troubled” time has gotten me in contact with some great people on the net who have helped me a lot to get back into normal probably without knowing it.
One of them is Irene over at IreneDesign2011 and a few weeks ago we had the idea to do a Stream of Consciousness post together. And forgot all about it the next week. And then we remembered. But at first we did not exactly know how to do it. So this week we take a little time for some “blog to blog” conversation about Linda’s prompt “time”.
Time flies yes, I feel that I just moved to a new and nice house, where everything was promised to be in perfect condition, but after just 20 days things started to break down.
The house is a rustical house, without running water and electricity. There are solar to use in daytime, evenit also sjould function perfectly and there should have been a perfect functioned generator, but this started one of the break downs here. Then the water tank broke down so at the moment a primitive kind of life, until next house is found.
Wow, that does not sound like fun. “Only time will tell” so they say and in Irene’s case it certainly did. We moved last year and had high hopes for a better life but it did not turn out like that. As time went on it showed that driving to work is an expensive undertaking in the UK and my dream of doing lots of gardening did not work out either. It feels like I constantly run out of time when blogging, doing some household chores (thank goodness the best husband in the world does his part) and working.
As Bee describes so right, all if us have our things to fight with in our lives. I think that driving might be expensive in crise times like now in many countries.
The last movement here was in April/May and now it is time to find another house, which is not so easy, when a garden also stands on the wish-list. There are many illegal houses in Spain and many of them are used to rent out for a “fair” price to poor people without much income or just people who wish to live more close to the nature.
It looks like getting decent accommodation is a hard thing all over Europe. I have had some bad experiences here in Britain as well but certainly not as hard as it sounds of what Irene is telling us. Would be high time for politicians to forget about their own income and do something for their people.
There are a lot of corruption in politics an this is very difficult to get rid of. Money talks and poor people walks. Many families have only one income if any at all. More than 25% are without job and young people live without money and without chances to get a job. Many are living together in the families, maybe old parents with a little pension, adult kids without jobs and grand kids in school. Here they all try to survive with the pension from the old parents.
I never thought as a teenager that I would see a time when people have to struggle so much. Without both our incomes our family would not be able to pay the rent or anything else we need. But somehow all of us make it work. Not very well maybe but as the families in Spain show there is always a way.
For me as a expat in Spain the most difficult for people here is to find hope for the future. As all places with people without a job, I see abuse by alcohol and drugs, which is not only for the young people. Many feel a need to escape from their destiny, as their life look now.
“Hope for the future” seems to be a rare product in Great Britain as well. Many people are jobless and they look for an escape both with alcohol and food. At no time have I seen so many overweight people like I see here. It is so sad to see how they spend their benefits and time shopping in supermarkets instead of being at the beach or spending time doing a hobby.
Overweight is also a problem here. Not because of too much food, but caused the unhealthy cheep food with much oil, white bread and sweets.
In need for the hope for a future at all, many don’t care about anything else than the kids are not important.
I am aware that every one has to go their own path in life and that I cannot save any of them. But sometimes I wish I could. Sometimes I wish I could give those falling for alcohol or cheap and unhealthy food something to grab at and drag themselves out of this hopeless life. Time has shown me though that I am only responsible for my own destiny. But also that everything that I improve in my own life may have a good impact on those around me.
By life experience I also learned to “just go on” if I wished anything in my life. Nothing comes without we are doing anything ourselves. It would be nice, if it was possible to help the jobless people to find their way out of their feelings about having a hopeless life. We need to think about, what we can do to help other souls. Not always to think me, me & me.”
Wow, a real Stream of Consciousness post but I never thought two streams could work together :-).
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