Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Just reading through a couple of my latest posts, perhaps I should have called this blog “Abi’s rant blog” I must sound as though I moan all the time. But I don’t, no really. I am generally a very happy person. I live a very nice life. it’s just that…it could be nicer. Not just for me, for lots of other people. Take housing. I get a big bee in my bonnet about the current state of things, and no doubt I will write an enormous rant about that someday. It makes me so angry, the fact that a house has now become a commodity, an investment, rather than a somewhat necessary place to live.

In fact I own my own house, so I shouldn’t get so cross about it. (And before you get really sniffy with me, I only own it because my parents died when most of my friends were looking for their first full time job.) But that doesn’t stop me from being absolutely livid when I see what it is dong to our society. People’s parents shouldn’t have to die before they get a chance to get on the housing ladder.

Well, that’s just an example. Virginia Woolf wrote about the importance of a room of one’s own, ie, your own space and financial security, to creative thought. I may own my house, but in the normal day-to-day I’m only better off by a couple of thousand a year in purely financial terms. I live on a shoestring and I like it that way. But it’s more than that. The fact that I own my own place allows me the luxury of space to think about the world around me and see how it could be better. It allows me a certain mental freedom. And I’m painfully aware of just how lucky I am. Maybe that’s the point. Making a whole generation keep their noses to the grindstone, propping up the economy and benefitting the taxman and the banks, to buy the overpriced necessity repackaged as a luxury item, they’re hardly going to have time for challenging the status quo, are they?

But most of the time I’m a very happy bunny.


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