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I am extremely lucky.
I have some food in my cupboards.
I live in a country where healthcare is free at point of access.
I have had the opportunity to become educated in a field of my choice.
I have parents who love me and are able to support me financially if I need it.
Despite my education, experience and hard work the only job I can find is 18 hours a week in Asda where customers look down on me and assume I’m stupid because I work where I do. In order to get this job, I had to sit an exam which was testing for basic literacy and numeracy even though I have 11 GCSE’s, 2 A levels, a BTEC National Diploma, a Dip He and a BA.
My 18 hours a week in Asda does not come close to covering all my expenses. I’ve been constantly looking for a job since June this year, it is now October and I am still absurdly under-employed. I’ve given out over 200 CVs and applications.
I recently attended a ‘recruitment day’ at the local Odeon cinema (and I am naming because I think they should be ashamed of this) where 50 people attended all desperate for work, some more than others. I was turned away based on a form with asked for my favourite film, hours I could work and my name and then a 30 second introduction of myself. This was truly sick and twisted and felt like a reality TV audition. Odeon you should be ashamed of yourselves. Of the 50 that attended, 6 were taken forward for further interview, all people who said they were students looking for part time work. Not a single person who wasn’t a student was taken forward even though there were clearly people there who were experienced, willing and desperate for work.
I am living in a house with 3 people who I don’t know, including one alcoholic who flirts with me and comes into my room without asking. My house is cold and my room is small, but I am luckier than so many. I am often desperately lonely in this dreary house yet I am grateful that I don’t have anyone to share my life with because that would mean making plans for a future that involves making a living wage, I cannot see this happening.
With the horrific cuts that are taking place to anything remotely artistic, I am terrified that the children in my family that I care so much about will grow up in a soulless society that does nothing but consume itself into extinction. This thought alone has made me no longer want children even though I adore being around them.
I have spent more than half my life training for my chosen field and because of the cuts it is next to impossible that I will ever make a viable living from all my hard work, dedication and sacrifice.
I voted for a party that lied to my face and that is now destroying the land that I love so much.
Every day I worry for the lost generation of young people that I am a part of. We are still here, please don’t abandon us. I didn’t riot, I just sat and watched as the country I love so dearly began to fall apart at the seams. We are still falling.
I am with you USA. We are in this together.
I am the 99%