Used to daily struggles
SHEPPARTON PENSIONER LINDA LYN IS ACCEPTING HER LIFESTYLE FOR WHAT IT IS
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.