Used to daily strug­gles


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Rhi­an­non Tuffield

For Shep­par­ton pen­sioner Linda Lyn, af­ford­ing to live has be­come a daily strug­gle she has ac­cepted as a part of life.

After a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent, Ms Lyn was forced to quit her fulltime job and sur­vive on a dis­abil­ity pen­sion, which she has been do­ing for al­most 30 years.

Like many strug­gling fam­i­lies, Ms Lyn finds most of her money is eaten away by the rent and elec­tric­ity, with fur­ther money spent on med­i­ca­tion or doc­tor vis­its to man­age the pain from her car ac­ci­dent.

Some­times when win­ter is at its cold­est, she will use only a blan­ket or as min­i­mal heater use as pos­si­ble, to avoid get­ting sick.

While she ac­knowl­edged Aus­tralia as a coun­try did not have to face the same level of poverty as many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, she said there con­tin­ued to be busi­nesses prof­it­ing from the ex­ploita­tion of the mid­dle and lower classes.

‘‘It is some­thing that im­pacts on ev­ery­body and there are big com­pa­nies ma­nip­u­lat­ing their prices to profit, it is be­yond any of our lit­tle peo­ple’s abil­ity to do any­thing,’’ Ms Lyn said.

‘‘When you think of our so­ci­ety, you ei­ther pay for it or you don’t get it, but some­times the cost of things seems un­nec­es­sary.’’

Ms Lyn, who is 73, had trav­elled the world and had wit­nessed the power of human en­durance and re­silience, and the only thing she could do was to ac­cept her life­style for what it was.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple who were used to liv­ing well are now hav­ing to cope with a dif­fer­ent type of sit­u­a­tion, where you can’t ex­pect this or take things for granted,’’ she said.

‘‘I hope for so­ci­ety and for hu­man­ity to be more hu­mane, and look more into tak­ing care of every­one, and those well-off should be more grate­ful and not ex­pect so much.

‘‘Ei­ther you swim or you sink, there is noth­ing else we can do, and I’ve been some­one who has just had to deal with it as it comes.’’

Tough times: Shep­par­ton pen­sioner Linda Lyn has learnt you ei­ther sink or swim in life.

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