To Have, Or Not To Have, That Is The Question


A few days ago, I was chatting to a dear friend of mine who lives on the opposite side of the world from myself. During our discussion he mentioned that he was looking for another job.

When I asked why, he said his current employer was not paying him enough. I wished him luck in finding a better paid job and left it at that. After all, he has a family and mortgage to support.

Over the last couple of days, our discussion got me thinking. At least he has a steady income, while I do not. I wonder how he would feel if he was forced to trade financial circumstances with me. Would he survive as I have to, or would he fall by the wayside?

He is indeed fortunate that he lives in a country where ageism does not currently prevail, unlike here in the United Kingdom. I turn sixty-four in a matter of weeks. And as far as the land of my birth is concerned, I am well beyond merely being unemployable. As a consequence I am forced to rely on the state for a meagre handout. Fortunately for him, my friend does not.

If it weren’t for my love of writing, I would probably have ended my existence years ago. At the time it was a close run thing. When I was first told in no uncertain terms that I was longer considered employable in my mid fifties, my whole world collapsed.

To my friend I say just this – consider yourself fortunate indeed that at your age you still have a job and a salary. Be grateful that you don’t live here in the UK. If you did, you would be reduced to living as I do, virtually from hand to mouth, considered too expensive to employ because of your current age.

Friend, thank your lucky stars you live in a country that does actually still care for its citizens.

  1. Avatar of Andrew J. Sacks
    Andrew J. Sacks says

    Jack, your friends are highly fortunate to have you as both friend and advisor.

  2. Avatar of Jack Eason
    Jack Eason says

    Thank you Andrew 🙂

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