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Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge
10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.
Ten things I couldn't live without. Can I start by saying that living so much of my life on-line, and therefore internationally, has given me a great deal of perspective on what I thought was essential!
I've recently learned that it's actually not as cheap and easy to get fresh fruit and vegetables in the USA as it is here - apparently it's far easier to get processed stuff with all sorts of artificial things, than actual food. I've stopped complaining about Brisbane's public transport system, after hearing from someone in Mumbai about their trains. Having heard about the costs of medications in other countries, I have a whole new appreciation for Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.....
So ten things I couldn't live without....
- My kids. (OK there was a time before I had kids that I lived without them - but now that I have them, they are very important to my life.)
- My friends. (Those I know face to face, and those I only know on-line.)
- My church family.
- A good doctor and pharmacist.
- The Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. I am blessed to live somewhere that people on a low income can still afford needed medication. I'm horrified when I hear of people who can't afford the medication they need, either for survival or to control symptoms of lupus or whatever other awful health conditions.
- The fresh food that is still cheap and plentiful here.
- All of the gadgets that make it easier for me to cope on painy days (especially all my kitchen gadgets, because I love food.)
- Somewhere to live. There have been times I've wondered about where I would live, for various reasons. Being in rented accommodation, I have no security of having somewhere to live, and having pets and a low income means it's always hard to find the next place. I really value knowing I have a home (at least for now.)
- Something of value to do. A couple of years of not working has taught me how much I need to feel like I've done something worthwhile. My odds and ends of work in part-time ministry, and my blogging, give me a sense that I am contributing something of value to the world around me.